Transport and Hydraulics Minister says no to travel voucher tax reduction
The opposition APNU had recommended that the Government travel voucher tax, which is a part of the ticket cost, be reduced by 10 percent to help cushion the impact on the Guyanese traveling public.
Benn said if the administration decides to drop the tax it would affect the continuation and operation of the two airports.
Caribbean Airlines and LIAT are the only carriers with flights leaving in and out of Guyana.
Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority Zulficar Mohammed said Fly Jamaica has completed most of its documentation last week for operating the New York and Canada route out of Georgetown.
He said the only thing that is left for the airline to do is pay the 40 million dollar bond to the Government and proceed with its application to the United States for the New York route.
Last year when three airlines were competing for passengers, the Government gained 1.1 billion dollars in revenue from the Travel voucher and travel taxes. All these are Government charges and the revenue goes to the State rather than to the airline.