Decision by Delta to abandon Guyana route causes anxiety among those in the industry – 15th Feb 2013
The figures may say one thing, but Delta Air Lines is saying something completely different, Delta said in a statement that they are not making money on their Georgetown/JFK route and so they have been forced to abandon that route come May 6. But according to AFC parliamentarian, Cathy Hughes, this makes a mockery of statements by Tourism Ministry officials that more people are visiting Guyana.
Hughes comments came just one day after Delta announced it was pulling its G/Town/JFK route, but persons in the industry have said that the situation, when Delta leaves, will be chaotic, since Delta offers not only reasonable fares, but a non-stop service to JFK. Karen Whitehead of Frandec said, the upcoming Easter period is already taken care of, but she anticipates travel agents running out of seats much earlier this year in the June –August period, if there is no replacement for Delta. She also said that it will be a concern for some organizations here, whose policy dictate that they travel with an American Carrier. Rowena Bowen of Muneshwer’s Travel Service said, it will be a big blow to the local airline industry.
She said they hope that a replacement will be found to join Caribbean Air Lines in the friendly skies.
The decision by Delta has caused anxiety among those who depend on the Air Line’s operations here for their livelihood, Delta has been operating in Guyana since 2008.