Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights

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Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights

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Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights
Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor
May 20, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana

Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet, according to local media in Guyana on Friday, is interesting in adding Georgetown, Guyana, to its network, amid significant growth in Guyana’s aviation sector and its upcoming oil and gas industry.

WestJet officials were supposed to be in Guyana on Friday to attend an aviation meeting in the capital.

However, due to an emergency, the WestJet representative did not make it to Guyana on Friday, the media reported, but a delegation will soon land in Guyana to explore opening a route from Toronto to Georgetown. Toronto is home to a very large Guyanese population, who are always having issues finding reliable services and affordable prices to their homeland.

Talk of a Canadian airline returning to Guyana has long been in the air. There was speculation that Air Canada was on the verge of returning to Guyana but it didn’t, and this came from high officials in the government over a decade ago.

In 2014, the two countries signed an open skies air agreement that replaced the restrictive 2005 agreement. Guyana based carriers will now have access to all points in Canada.

WestJet owns 126 aircraft and has an order for 60 jets including the Boeing 787-800 and newer versions of the Boeing 737. The airline is a budget carrier that does not provide meals, beverages or free baggage. Passengers have to pay for those items. The first checked bag costs CDN$25 and second $35.

With its extensive network, WestJet will connect Georgetown to cities across Canada and the US. There is still room for competition in the New York City market, where the vast majority of overseas Guyanese live. Airfares from NYC to Georgetown remain exorbitant and only Caribbean Airlines (CAL) provides a reliable connection to Guyana. CAL has over the months significantly improved its in-flight services in and out of Guyana.

WestJet already flies to Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

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