Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
Fly Jamaica Airways will begin non-stop services from Kingston to Georgetown, Guyana, today, and non-stop service from New York to Georgetown on September 27. In June, the Guyana government announced that it had granted the Jamaica-based airline the green light to operate two routes out of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The Guyanese Cabinet gave the approval for the airline to service the Guyana to New York route and the Georgetown to Toronto route. The inaugural flight will depart the Norman Manley International Airport today at 6:30 p.m. en route to Guyana, with the return flight set for early Friday morning, connecting to the New York flight to the John F. Kennedy Airport.
According to Captain Lloyd Tai, chief operating officer, the non-stop services between Kingston and Georgetown will provide a convenient gateway for the nationals from both countries and tourists in the region to enjoy the beautiful offerings of each country.
"We are trying to link Guyana to New York and Guyana to Jamaica. To get to Guyana these days, you end up hanging around in the airports for hours. Now you get non-stop flights from Jamaica to Guyana," Tai said.
In addition, Tai said the new route will also improve trade and business interests in both countries due to a more convenient travel experience. Guyana, he said, will also provide convenient connections to other Caribbean and South American countries.
"We are prepared and fired up to go. All these services will operate with Boeing 757-200ER aircraft, with a seating configuration of 12 business and 186 economy seats. The aircraft was already underutilised, so we are well prepared for any eventualities," Tai said.
Non-stop services from Kingston to Toronto, Canada and Toronto to Georgetown, Guyana will commence on October 8. Fly Jamaica Airways currently offers four weekly non-stop flights between Kingston and New York and vice versa.
Customers can expect the same high level of service that they have become accustomed to, including the delectable offerings of traditional Jamaican and Guyanese cuisine. For more information visit www.fly-jamaica.com.