[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyanese owned Fly Jamaica Airways have officially commenced its long and much anticipated fights between Georgetown, Guyana and JFK New York.
The inaugural flight which departed the Norman Manley International Airport at 18:30hrs arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timerhi at about 23:00hrs (Thursday September 26) to a water welcome and loud applause. It departed at about 01:00hrs for Kingston, Jamaica before arriving at JFK New York. The commencement of non-stop flights between New York and Guyana will commence on September 27.
Non-stop services from Kingston to Toronto, Canada and Toronto to Georgetown, Guyana will commence on October 8. Fly Jamaica Airways currently offers four weekly non-stop flights between Kingston and New York and vice versa.
Already Airline officials have committed to boosting regional tourism, specifically in Guyana and Jamaica and opening up opportunities for businesses in the two destinations. According to Co-owner of Fly Jamaica and Guyanese Pilot Ronald Reece the Airlines has big plans for improving tourism and air link between the two countries and looks forward for the support from citizens in this regard.
Delivering remarks at a simply welcome ceremony to mark the occasion was Guyana’s Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali who while expressing Government’s appreciation to Fly Jamaica, noted the impact this initiative will have on regional integration. It is his belief that the 15% travel that Guyana has recorded over the past year from Jamaica will increase with Fly Jamaica’s entry into the local market.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds who recalled the failure of several airlines over the years sought to encourage the Fly Jamaica team, while pledging the Guyana Government continued support.
Fly Jamaica boast that it offers a service that encapsulates more than the traditional airline. This was in fact proven to be true with several incoming passengers on the inaugural flight expressing satisfaction with the service.