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Guyana Government confirms that it has granted Caribbean Airlines flag carrier status – 9th May 2013

shot0006At a time when Caribbean Airlines  is  reportedly facing what amounts to more than $TT500 million in debt, the Guyana Government has confirmed that it has granted the airline flag carrier status.

The announcement came just three days after U.S. carrier Delta Airlines ended its service to Guyana.

The move by Delta has left Caribbean Airlines as the only carrier plying the New York – Georgetown and Toronto – Georgetown routes.  Suriname Airways is the only other international airline flying from Guyana, but its service is between Georgetown and Miami.

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon said the decision will allow Caribbean Airlines to provide direct flights between Georgetown and New York and Georgetown and Toronto.

Also Fly Jamaica, which is a new Jamaican carrier owned by Guyanese Paul Reece is still awaiting word from the Guyana Government on its application to begin operations in the Guyana market.

The carrier intends to offer services between Georgetown and New York and Georgetown and Kingston.

Caribbean Airlines has come under scrutiny in Trinidad and Tobago recently over the state of its finances. There have been reports that the airline has requested financial support from the Trinidadian Government to pay off staffers and creditors

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