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[Guyana] Fly Jamaica eyes month-end return

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jan 10, 2019

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[Guyana] Fly Jamaica eyes month-end return
January 10, 2019

FLY Jamaica Airways is hopeful that it would return to the skies before the end of the month as the airline prepares for the re-entry of its newly serviced Boeing 767.

Sources close to the Jamaica-based airline management team told the Guyana Chronicle on Wednesday that it is “highly optimistic” that the airline could be back in operation by the third week of this month. Since the crash at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri on November 9, the company has been unable to fulfil flight services to its passengers as the second airplane was being serviced. The Boeing 757 on its way to Toronto, Canada, had suffered extensive damage and was rendered useless following an emergency landing. While the company had attempted to lease planes for the Christmas holidays, it was unable to satisfy the needs of its customers. The company had also said at that time that it was working to compensate passengers who were onboard the crashed 757.

Fly Jamaica continues to face criticism however as some passengers who had booked flights with the airline have been complaining about not being able to travel and having had to spend large sums to book other flights during the Christmas season. Speculations had surfaced about financial woes facing the company, but the Guyana Chronicle understands that steps are being made for the airline’s return. Local players in the aviation sector have also suggested intervention of the Guyana government to render assistance to the Guyanese-owned airline.

“Fly Jamaica should have been Guyana’s flag carrier,” a senior pilot told this newspaper. He reminded that Fly Jamaica was given a “hard time” by the last administration when they were applying to operate and base the company in Guyana. He said that the company was later forced to operate the airline from a foreign country since permission to operate from here continued to be stalled.

The Guyana Chronicle was told that Fly Jamaica has over 400 employees worldwide with a fair number being Guyanese. Since the accident, concerns were raised about delay payment of some workers. This newspaper was told that a correspondence from airline executives assured workers that the company was addressing the issues and that no retrenchment of staff has taken place. Some 118 passengers and eight crew members were onboard the OJ256 flight when it crashed minutes after taking off for the north-American state. It was said that 35 Guyanese, one Trinidadian, 82 Canadians, one Pakistani and 11 American citizens were passengers. Six persons suffered minor injuries including an 86-year-old woman who died a week after the incident.

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