Guyana to ink open skies agreement with Tanzania

Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Fields
Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Fields

In its bid to not only improve tourism but to boost Guyana’s connectivity with other countries, specifically African countries, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is gearing up to sign another open skies agreement, this time with the African country Tanzania.

Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field explained that Guyana is preparing itself for massive tourism influx with the signing of such agreements.

He noted that already the Agency has signed open skies agreement with other South American countries which will allow for more airlines to fly here as well.

“We’ll improve connectivity in the Region, especially with the South American region by reaching out to sign more air services agreements with the various states, because having air services agreements that is the foundation or the platform which the airlines will be able to ride on,” the Director said.

On that note, it was pointed out that the GCAA has already inked an agreement with Brazil and Ghana which will allow for direct flights to those countries as well as it also gave clearance for any airline which wishes to fly here from those countries.

“At the last conference we had, the air-transport conference, Guyana signed an agreement with Ghana and Ghana is very excited about that because they are looking to open up their country”, Field noted.

At that conference, he had also disclosed that the Authority is seeking to sign more of such agreements with Columbia and other African states such as Tanzania and Nigeria, with the aim of having as many airlines as possible entering Guyana.

He was keen to note that the inked agreements are in keeping with this year’s theme of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) with regards to connectivity.

When it comes to a time span for those agreements, Field said the required framework is already in place and is presently waiting to be finalised.

Plans for these important air services agreements were first announced early in November at the launch of the ICAO Air Transport meeting which was held in Guyana at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, between November 21 and 23 , 2018.



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