Just a few weeks ago LIAT began new service to Ogle Airport in Georgetown and now another exciting development in Guyana aviation as Fly Jamaica lands their 757 at Chedi Jagan International Airport for the first time last night.
Our good friend Captain Ronald Reese and his team at Air Jamaica hope to bring some healthy competition to the market for international flights to and from Guyana. Flights currently run between Kingston and Georgetown, but airline hopes to commence service to JFK and YYZ later this year.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds welcomed the innaugural arrival and commended Fly Jamaica CEO Captain Reece for being “bold and courageous” to open up the route.
Robeson Benn, the minister of public works and communication, also welcomed the move, saying that air transport out of Guyana is critical to the “country’s commerce and the economy”. He said that the route was opened up just in time for the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil, which is one of the countries that shares borders with Guyana.
Irfan Ally, the minister of housing and water and who is acting tourism minister, said that there are lots of attractions in Guyana that can pull Jamaicans.
Captain Reece, in his address, said: “We have created history by joining two countries with an air bridge.” He added that the service was the fruition of his 30-year dream.
Following the brief ceremony — which saw performances from Jamaican artistes Assassin, Wayne Marshall and Denyque — Reece said he always wanted to bring Guyana and Jamaica closer, noting that other carriers usually take eight to 10 hours to get to Guyana because they do not fly directly to the country.
The inaugural flight was made on Thursday, leaving Kingston at approximately 6:30 pm, with about 60 passengers, and landing in Georgetown at 9:40pm.
Flight 151, piloted by captains Fred Ahm and Ian Robertson, was given the traditional water welcome and was greeted at the airport by the prime minister, other Government officials and dignitaries among others.
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