Fly Jamaica concerned with drug trafficking situation at CJIA as its gears for Sept. 26 start up


By Kurt Campbell

L - R: Director of Finance and Commerce, Roxanne Reece and a Board Member.
L – R: Director of Finance and Commerce, Roxanne Reece and Director of Flight Services, Christine Steele.

[] – Twenty five Guyanese are currently being trained to become flight attendants by Fly Jamaica as the Airline gears itself for its September 26 start of non-stop flights between Georgetown, Guyana and New York, USA.

During a Press conference on Saturday September 21 at the airlines head office, located at the Wings Aviation Building at the Ogle Airport, Director of Finance and Commerce, Roxanne Reece said over the last month Fly Jamaica has employed over 40 Guyanese inclusive of two Pilots.

Reece has however expressed concern over the incidents of drug trafficking at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA.) She says there is need for a more effective security system at the facility with the right level of human resource that is paid meaningful salaries.

She said while this is unfortunate, Fly Jamaica will put systems in place to ensure that it does not encounter such, noting that it will certainly be a difficult task.

The Airline’s first flight on September 26 will be from Georgetown to Kingston then JFK New York.

Reece says Fly Jamaica offers a service that encapsulates more than the traditional airline. She boasted that passengers will be treated to complimentary meals, in flight entertainment and shopping, spacious seats and a signature warm friendly service.

“We are not just waiting on passengers to come to us, we are coming out there and offering stuff,” she added.

She made it clear that Fly Jamaica is a private airline with no financial arrangements with any Government.  Currently, the airline operates with six aircraft and will soon add another one to its fleet, resulting in increased routes.

The airline advises that the introduction of these non-stop flights will mean less time spent getting to destinations, with an estimated three hours flying time. Passengers from Guyana will arrive at terminal one at JFK, allowing for easy connections to other international destinations throughout Europe and the East.

According to the airline, in addition to boosting regional tourism, the new routes will open up opportunities for businesses in all four destinations (Georgetown Guyana, Kingston Jamaica, New York USA and Toronto Canada.)



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