With the reopening of Guyana’s international airports on Monday, airlines are poised to begin scheduled flights for the first time since March.
When Eastern Airlines’ flight from Miami touches down in Guyana on October 13, is will be the first scheduled flight in seven months and the first for the carrier. Although the carrier operated several repatriation flights in the past few months, they were all specially approved non-scheduled flights.
Several carriers have indicated to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authoriy (GCAA) that they will resume flights in the coming weeks. Suriname Airways intends to begin operations on October 22, Copa Airlines on October 26 and American Airlines on November 4.
Director General of GCAA, Egbert Field told Guyana Aviation that his organization is also in the final stages of reviewing new applications from Caribbean Airlines and interCaribbean Airways.
Caribbean Airlines is planning to fly initially between Ogle and Barbados, but the frequency of these flights have not yet been ascertained as the capacity of the Health Authorities have to be factored in.
Earlier in year, Turks and Caicos Islands based airline, interCaribbean filed paperwork with GCAA to begin twice-weekly flight operations into Guyana from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands via Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. With LIAT currently grounded, interCaribbean could also be vying to fly between Guyana and Barbados where it recently created its Eastern Caribbean hub.
Both the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport have indicated their rediness to resume operation.