Suriname Airways moves to accommodate more passengers.
The problem of airlift into and out of Guyana is being tackled by Suriname Airways, but it may be some time before it is really solved. The pullout of carriers particularly plying the North American routes has put pressure on Caribbean Airlines, specifically in trying to ferry passengers between North and South America.
Suriname Airways will, for a short period at mid-month, focus on ferrying its Miami passengers into Suriname, since according to its local manager, that period is part of the holiday peak for Suriname. The airline has been flying via Guyana into Miami and is now looking to add New York to its schedule.
At the weekend, following the Visit of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro, it was announced that a scheduled twice weekly service between Guyana and Caracas will restart. Direct Air Service has been attempted several times between the two neighboring countries, but Guyanese passengers in particular do not take advantage of the multiple connection options to North America, Europe, Central and South America that Caracas offers.
Guyanese have for years clamored for Non-Stop Service between Guyana and New York and Guyana and Toronto preferring not to transit in any hub.
The last airline that offered non-stop scheduled service was Delta that pulled out last year. Charter and other carriers have attempted to service the route but have all pulled out.
Another carrier Fly Jamaica although announcing that it will operate between Guyana and New York, is yet to start service from CJIA.