The scores of passengers who were forced to camp out at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York over the weekend after their flights with Dynamic Airways was cancelled, are expected to arrive in Guyana sometime this afternoon.
This was confirmed today by the airline’s local representative, Captain Gerry Gouveia following a meeting with the press.
The holiday travel plans for hundreds of passengers in Guyana and New York, United States had seen major disruptions as air carrier, Dynamic Airways cancelled at least two flights over the weekend – one out of Guyana and the other from the John F Kennedy Airport.
On Sunday, images surfaced of passengers camped out, many fast asleep at JFK while at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), passengers and their worried families were seen haplessly standing outside the departure entrance in the afternoon hours.
More than 200 passengers at the CJIA had turned up to travel Saturday morning, but were forced to wait. According to reports, passengers in New York had been stranded at JFK since Friday evening and were anxiously awaiting word from the airline.
Captain Gouveia who on Sunday made attempts to pacify passengers via social media also explained that two of Dynamic’s 767 Boeing flights were grounded after a ground handling truck at the New York airport “accidentally hit the left engine” .
“The engineers are working around the clock to return that aircraft to serviceability,” Gouveia stressed.
He noted that the second aircraft was used and was flown twice. However, the back-up aircraft also developed issues.
“On the return flight to JFK, the aircraft developed a maintenance issue, which is currently being rectified by the maintenance teams working around the clock to fix,” Gouveia had claimed.
“I am really sorry these events occurred at this time, but would like to reassure the passengers that every effort is being made to resolve this delay as soon as possible,” the airline’s local representative posited.
Additionally, reports coming out of New York City, indicated that Dynamic representatives at JFK were reluctant to provide detailed information which the Guyana-bound passengers requested.
Inews understood that representatives gave to passengers a telephone number, which provided flight information. However, passengers were greeted by an automated recorded message and were unable to garner any key information on when their flights would leave the airport.