Eastern Airlines on Wednesday touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport around 1:30 p.m. from New York without a single passenger.
The widebody 767 aircraft came to Guyana amid the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic to repatriate U.S. citizens and residents who were seeking to return home.
A team from Eastern Airlines LLC met with officials fron the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority in February to finalize arrangements for the launch its non-stop scheduled services from New York to Guyana.
The launch was set for March 5, 2020, but was evenually reschudeled for later in the month. Eastern had proposed to operate two weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.
With the temporary suspension scheduled international passenger flights into Guyana, Eastern has cancelled all flights through April 5, and plans to resume operations once all travel restrictions are lifted.
A statement from the airline says that they are waiving change fees and that customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 6 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no change fee but must pay the fare difference.
Guyana has reported 5 confirmed cases including 1 death from the coronavirus.