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Travelspan lands this morning, US$647 return fare bargain

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Travelspan lands this morning with US$647 return fare bargain
December 14, 2013

The much-anticipated return of Travelspan to the skies of Guyana is expected this morning, management of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) announced yesterday.
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    CEO, Nohar Singh
And the company will be fielding round trips tickets as low as US$647.
According to CJIA, Travelspan Incorporated will be operating its inaugural flight to Guyana from New York with the first one to arrive at 07:00 hrs.

“Guyanese now have an additional option to choose from as the company will be operating a wide body Boeing 767 aircraft on its direct New York/Georgetown route. Being granted approval by the Government of Guyana, through the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, the company has signaled its intention to have two flights per week on the New York/Guyana route.”

CJIA said that round trip tickets between New York and Guyana cost US$647, while one way tickets are US$349 – both prices being tax inclusive.

“This spells good news for Guyanese travelers who have faced high airfares over the past few months.”

The 18 year-old company, with head office based in the United States of America, is no stranger to the Guyanese market, having offered chartered flights before halting in 2008.

Guyana has been pulling out all stops to attract additional operators after low cost carriers RedJet and then EZjet folded last year.

US-owned Delta Airlines also pulled out, leaving Caribbean Airlines the only operator on the critical Georgetown/New York route.

Fares jumped to a high of US$1,600 at one time, forcing Government to summon Caribbean Airlines. A few months ago, the addition of Fly Jamaica, partially owned by Guyanese pilot, Ronald Reece, also started plying the route.

With Travelspan’s re-entry to the market, Guyanese would be breathing easier with the options available. The New York destination has long been one eyed by operators because of the number of Guyanese living there. It is one of the more profitable routes also for Caribbean Airlines.
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    Travelspan is expected to make a return to Guyana this morning with fares started as low as US$647 for a return ticket to the US.
To protect passengers, Travelspan as part of the requirements had to lodge a US$200,000 cash bond in case of problems.

Singh had said in September that TravelSpan is wary of the business model used by operators, EZjet and Red Jet, in which ticket prices were too low, making it practically impossible to turn a profit.

Travelspan has teamed up with Vision Airlines, a US company, for the aircraft.
The Boeing 767 will offer 214 economy and 18 business class seats.

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