A team from US carrier JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue) met with officials from Guyana Civil Aviation Authority on January 28, 2020 to discuss their application for commencement of non-stop scheduled air services between Guyana and New York.
JetBlue plans to start flying the JKF-GEO-JFK route daily from April 2, 2020 using an Airbus A321 aircraft with seating capacity of 200 passengers.
The airline’s team was led by Adam Schless, Director, Aircraft Transactions & International Counsel who shared the airline’s long term vision and plans for the Guyana market.
The scope of JetBlue’s application is covered under Article 3 – Authorization of the ‘open-skies’ Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the United States of America. Article 3 of the Agreement states:
“Each Party, on receipt of applications from an airline of the other Party, in the form and manner prescribed for operating authorizations and technical permissions, shall grant appropriate authorizations and permissions with minimum procedural delay, provided:
a. Substantial ownership and effective control of that airline are vested in the other Party, nationals of that Party, or both;
b. The airline is qualified to meet the conditions prescribed under the laws and regulations normally applied to the operation of international air transport by the Party considering the application or applications; and
c. The other Party is maintaining and administering the provisions set forth in Article 6 (Safety) and Article 7 (Security).”
GCAA is presently conducting Safety, Security and Economic fitness assessment on JetBlue to ensure that the airline meets the regulatory requirements of the Authority.
The application process is in its advance stages and will be likely be concluded within the next two (2) to three (3) weeks.
JetBlue is an American air carrier with its main operating base in New York. The airline presently operates to over 100 cities within and outside of the United States including several Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia among others.
The travelling public can expect greater travel options in terms of days, airfares and time with the introduction of JetBlue into the Guyana market.