Ogle-based operator Trans Guyana Airways plans to launch scheduled flights to Baramita in Region 1 beginning on September 8. The twice-weekly flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport providing a vital link between Georgetown and the Amerindian community.
The route will be serviced with the airline’s Cessna Grand Caravan which will depart Ogle at 11 a.m. carrying both passengers and cargo. The return flight will depart Baramita at 12.30 p.m.
Jonathan Antczak, a company representative said, “We are looking to expand our service throughout the country. The aim is to provide a more cost-effective option for residents and workers in Baramita.”
Baramita is one of the largest Amerindian settlements in Guyana and together with the satellite villages has a population of about 3,500 people.
Apart from the air link, Baramita is connected to Matthew’s Ridge by road which is 20 miles away. It is inhabited by the Kalina people (Caribs) and the main economic activity in the village is mining and subsistence farming.
TGA currently have scheduled domestic flights to Lethem, Mahdia, Paramakatoi, Kato, Kaieteur, Kopinang, Kurukubaru, Chenapau, and Monkey Mountain. Through its partners, services are also provided to Port Kaituma, Mabaruma, Matthew’s Ridge, Kamarang and Ekereku. The operator also has scheduled international flights to Zorg-en-Hoop and Johan Pengal, both in neighboring Suriname, however these are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.