Caribbean Airlines is looking to expand its route network to include Ogle, the regional airport just outside of Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown. The routes previously flown by LIAT between Ogle and Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Bridgetown, Bridgetown is now dangling as the regional carrier went bankrupt.
Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field confirmed that Caribbean Airlines’ application for schedule services on the Port-of-Spain – Ogle – Bridgetown route is under review.
Caribbean Airlines will likely deploy its ATR 72 turboprop aircraft on the route, which is similar to that previously used by LIAT and can carry up to 68 passengers.
If GCAA approves the route, it is uncertain when the service will commence as the borders of both Guyana and Trinidad remain closed to international flights.
During the expansion works at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport two years ago, Caribbean Airlines temporarily operated flights into Ogle using its regional aircraft because of restrictions at the main airport.
Prior to the closure of the borders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, LIAT serviced the Ogle – Bridgetown route with two daily flights and one on the Ogle – Port-of-Spain route.
LIAT shareholder governments met at the end of June and announced that the airline will be liquidated, however an agreement was reached on July 20 which will see the selling off of the airline’s three planes and its reconstitution in 60-90 days.
The governments of Barbados and St. Vincent agreed to sell its shares to Antigua for $1 each, and the Antiguan government has pledged 50 percent of the cost of recapitalizing the reconstituted LIAT.
Caribbean Airlines recently announced the establishment of new routes in the Eastern Caribbean, picking up some of those previously served by LIAT.
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