Caribbean Airlines to ease Guyana travel woes

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday January 31, 2011 – Officials of Caribbean Airlines are working out a plan aimed at making travel more affordable and easier for passengers travelling out of Guyana.       

Following a meeting involving President Bharrat Jagdeo, Chairman of Caribbean Airlines George Nicholas III, Vice Chairman Mohan Jaikaran and other officials, it was revealed that the Trinidad and Tobago owned airline will introduce ‘The Spirit of Guyana’ flight. 

With that service, the airline will fly the Guyana to New York route thrice weekly and the usual difficulty which passengers face transiting Trinidad and Tobago is expected to be eliminated.          

A statement from the government said that the airline is also proposing a Guyana-based Caribbean Airlines flight to some domestic and regional destinations.

During the meeting with the airline officials, President Jagdeo listed several issues that require attention including airfares from Guyana to New York which the company said should be reduced when the next generation of aircraft is introduced.  

The Guyana leader has, for a long time, been lamenting what he described as “unconscionable monopoly” on airfare increases by some airlines and said at one point that the government was considering re-entering the airline business to change the situation.

He made reference to situation where travellers sometimes pay more from Guyana to Trinidad and Tobago than travellers pay from the twin-island republic to the US. 

President Jagdeo said that for Guyana to benefit from an open economy there is need for services that are appropriately priced and from which customers get value for their money.

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