Guyanese-owned Fly Jamaica Airways lands approval for Guyana flights – 7th Jun 2013
But Fly Jamaica is entering Guyana’s market at a time when airlines such as REDjet, the Caribbean’s first low-cost carrier, failed, claiming its inability to compete with airlines in the region that are subsidized by Governments.
It is also coming at a time when chartered carrier, EZjet, ceased its extremely low fare flights after its owner was arrested in the US and charged for fraud.
It was on Wednesday that Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon disclosed that Fly Jamaica will be operating out of Guyana to New York and Toronto.
According to Reece, the pair of herself and her husband Captain Paul Reece who also owns Ogle-based Wings Aviation bring over three decades of aviation experience to this new venture.
Fly Jamaica will announce its schedule in the coming week, but Reece said that it is expected that there will be two weekly flights out of Georgetown to New York and additional flights scheduled for Canada.
However, before Fly Jamaica could land at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and receive the traditional dousing by the water brigade, it will have to deposit a $40M bond with a local bank as surety. Reports from official circles say that this bond has been posted.
Some aviation experts have been saying that the air carrier has entered the Guyanese market at a time when passengers have been faced with hiked airfares.
With the pull out of Delta Airlines which made its final flight out of Georgetown in early May, it was likely that Caribbean Airlines would have dominated the Georgetown-New York route.
Fly Jamaica operates a 200-passenger Boeing 757 which it owns.