[Guyana] American Airlines to begin flying here
- - four times per week between Georgetown and Miami
In what will be a major boost to airlift here, US carrier American Airlines today announced it was beginning flights to Guyana in December. The airline said that starting on December 20 its new service between Miami and Guyana will be operated four times per week, increasing to daily during the summer season in 2019. Tickets will go on sale from April 2. It will service the route with an Airbus A319 which can carry up to 160 passengers.
The announcement has been welcomed by the government here. According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), reacting to the news, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson said, “I am delighted that American Airlines will commence flying to Guyana in December. This will coincide with the launch of the newly expanded Cheddi Jagan International Airport and demonstrates a confidence in Destination Guyana not only as a desirable tourist destination but as an emerging oil economy as well. The government has been working at various levels to provide more options to travellers to and from Guyana, to North America, with increased airlift, and American Airlines’ commitment to destination Guyana is a recognition of government’s work since coming into office in 2015.”
According to DPI, for his part, Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin noted that “this is good for tourism, good for business and good for Guyana. Only last week LIAT announced direct flights to POS from ECIA (Ogle) so this will give Guyanese and visitors to Guyana two additional travel options in this year alone.”
The American Airlines decision will see a US-based carrier running direct flights here. Delta Airlines pulled out several years ago.