More Airlines on the Horizon for Guyana.
The tarmac at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport could become a little crowded as reports surface that at least three airlines could soon make Guyana one of their destinations.
Travelspan which had ceased operations as a scheduled carrier a few years back is expected to make a second touchdown attempt but will offer a full charter service rather than a scheduled one.
Services are expected to be offered to New York and Toronto and at least three other destinations. Travelspan has already started to train staff members on the new procedures that will govern the new services. And there are also reports that American low cost carrier Jet Blue may soon try out the Guyana skies. Aviation insiders say the airline has been making some contacts locally about a possible start up which could come before the end of this year.
And a number of local businessmen are also looking at the possibility of starting up a carrier of their own in time for the busy July and August travel season. The group has already made an application to the Guyana Civil Aviation authority and may now be in the process of finalizing their arrival plan. There have been several Guyanese owned carriers that have not been successful.
Meanwhile the companies which offer ground handling and security arrangements for international carriers are concerned that they are not catered for when the airlines fold. The deposit airlines would usually have to make with the government when coming into the market would just cover passengers and not the service providers.
One service provider told capitol news that he is owed in excess of 25 million Guyana dollars by airlines that ceased their Guyana operations. He believes that some system ought to be put in place by the aviation authorities that will protect companies like his in the likelihood that a carrier decides to shut down its operations.