CJIA threatens to ban CAL flights over breach of duty free pact


* CAL given 21 days ultimatum to restore agreement

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has been given an ultimatum of 21 days to restore an agreement it had entered with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with regard to passengers who purchase at the Duty Free Shop in Guyana or have its flights to Guyana discontinued.
This decision was made by management of CJIA on Thursday after the Trinidad-based airline failed to honour an agreement made at a previous meeting, which stated that airline passengers would be allowed to travel to their final destinations with their purchases from the Timehri Airport’s Duty Free Shop.

The arrivals section of Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri
The arrivals section of Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri

INews understands that this move comes after numerous, continuous complaints by thousands of passengers over a specific time frame who lament that their duty free items which are purchased at the CJIA in Guyana are not being taken to their final destinations.

 When the items arrive in Trinidad they are left there once they have been purchased from Guyana and this has had an adverse effect on sales at duty free locations at the CJIA as well as resulted in more passengers frequently complaining about this matter.

 It should be noted that the passengers who leave Guyana and in-transit in Trinidad are being told that in light of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules they will be prohibited from passing through security at the Piarco International Airport with their duty free items (alcohol/liquor) that have been purchased from Guyana.

However, those passengers who are traveling directly to Trinidad as the final destination are not being affected by this pressing issue.

calIn a letter to Caribbean Airlines, authorities at the CJIA have issued the warning and has granted the Airlines three weeks commencing yesterday to address this issue, and if there is failure to do so within that time frame the CJIA Corporation will terminate services with Caribbean Airlines.

 The letter sent to Caribbean Airlines by the CJIA management states: “Take notice unless CAL remedies its aforesaid default and comply with the said notice of June 15, 2016, within 21 Days of this notice to remedy default, CJIAC will be at liberty to proceed to cancel the air carrier agreement under article 9.3…”

 It must be reminded that Caribbean Airlines has operated in Guyana for over 50 years to date and is the oldest airline flying out of Guyana. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained that the conflict stemmed from passengers being unable to exercise their duty-free concessions.

“The issue stems from duty free concessions. There has been a long-standing issue with Guyanese whereas when we travel to Trinidad, we deplane and go through the security checks in Trinidad. What is being implemented now is that when you go through, you’ve asked to take out your baggage and when you take out your baggage it will include the duty free concessionaries from Guyana. Currently, the regulations are that you cannot carry anything over ten fluid ounces,” he related.


  1. So sad that Guyana doesn’t have its own airline to bring in its own flow of needed foreign exchange. This present government was voted in to bring about a change to benefit the people and advance the cause of Guyana. And unfortunately, it’s the usual, the Guyana government is all ‘Bark’ and no ‘Bite’. When will the government show the world that they really have some back bones to get things done. This monopoly has got to come to an end….Really!

  2. Very good observation. I forgot to mention that too. I had to ask three times before I could have gotten a glass of water.

  3. Well done. I am tired of Trinidad having experienced this myself on my way to London and having to transit in Trinidad. So I chose not to purchase any drinks in the duty free. And why should I not buy drinks in Guyana. But they want you to buy it in Trinidad. I now chose to travel via America to Guyana. . Fed up with even Liat . I reach to Guyana and can’t have my luggage.
    Some people in Guyana must learn to appreciate what little their friends and family give them . They don’t know what they have to go through when travelling to Guyana.

  4. We also pay more for tickets than Trinidians yet we are treated worse than animals by the Cabin Attendants

  5. It’s time for them to go.A couple years back I was on a flight to Guyana.It was a stop over and I lost nearly a suitcase of stuff.They took the baggage out in Trinidad that was bound for Guyana.My suitcases was security wrapped..When I get to Guyana One. Was unwrapped and the stuff missing.They treating guyanese like low class citizen.Thank you


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