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Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet may begin Guyana flights

Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor. May 20, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet, according to local media in Guyana on Friday, is interesting in adding Georgetown, Guyana, to its network, amid significant growth in Guyana’s aviation sector and its upcoming oil and gas industry.

WestJet officials were supposed to be in Guyana on Friday May 18th 2018 to attend an aviation meeting in Georgetown, the capital.   Continue reading

Islamic Bank to make US$900 million available to support Guyana’s development

Photo: Jordan and Dr Shamir Ally, Guyana’s alternate governor to the IsDB at the Islamic Development Bank governors meeting in Tunis

By Ray Chickrie  – April 10, 2018 -Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana’s finance minister, Winston Jordan, who attended the annual Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) governors meeting in Tunis last week, revealed that the bank has offered Guyana US$900 million to support socio-economic and infrastructure development in form of mostly loans and grants.    Continue reading

Guyana’s president opens OAS tourism conference in Guyana – By Ray Chickrie

Guyana president opens OAS tourism conference

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is the gateway to Latin America, and is the only English-speaking country in South America, President David Granger said in his opening address to the Organisation of American States (OAS) ministerial tourism conference, which opened in Georgetown on Wednesday. Granger also reaffirmed March 21 as International Day of Forest, an affirmation that Guyana is serious in becoming a “green state.”      Continue reading

Guyana to benefit from Solar Alliance Summit held in New Delhi India

President Granger in front row, sixth from right, at the Solar Alliance Summit in New Delhi, India.

By Ray Chickrie -Caribbean News Now contributor – 

NEW DELHI, India — Guyana President David Granger, who is attending the first International Solar Alliance Summit in New Delhi, India, reiterated that “climate change is a real threat,” and he praised India and France for “demonstrating important leadership” on the issue by taking the “solar energy” initiative. He also said that Guyana will benefit from technology transfer from the solar energy alliance group.      Continue reading

Guyana and Suriname agriculture to benefit from Indonesia/Islamic Bank agreement

Guyana and Suriname agriculture to benefit from Indonesia/Islamic Bank agreement

  – By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro, minister of national development planning of Indonesia, and Dr Bandar Hajjar, president of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Jeddah to promote partnership between the bank and Indonesia in the exchange of experiences as a platform of development cooperation among the bank’s member countries. Guyana and Suriname will benefit from this agreement.       Continue reading

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift – opinion

Guyana’s poor aviation safety standards affecting airlift

 Guyana lost its Category 1 status with the demise of Guyana Airways in 2001
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has failed in the past two decades to comply with the International Civil Aviation (ICAO) safety requirements, and for this reason the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been rated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Category 2.

As a result, only US-based airlines can fly nonstop between Guyana and the United States, so with the demise of Dynamic Airways two weeks ago, which provided non-stop service between Georgetown and New York City, airlift between these two cities is at an all time low. Continue reading

Airfares to Guyana at an all time high again – By Ray Chickrie

Airfares to Guyana at an all time high again
September 4, 2015 – By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor
Caribbean_Airlines_logo-600x270NEW YORK, USA — Airfares to Guyana are again at an all-time high, despite promises by Caribbean Airlines (CAL), which controls over 75 percent of the Guyana market. For at least a year, advance booking summer and Christmas season airfares from New York to Guyana have remained above US$900, notwithstanding promises from CAL that it wouldn’t exploit the monopoly it holds over the Guyana skies.

CAL is the only scheduled airline operating from New York to Georgetown, Guyana. After Trinidad and Tobago, Georgetown is CAL’s second busiest route.   Continue reading

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