Public Works Minister not in support of reducing travel voucher tax

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Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn
Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn

Minister of Public Works Robeson Benn said he does not support and will not recommend the lowering of the travel voucher tax.

At a press conference today, Minister Benn explained that the prices for tickets relay principally on the availability of seats and a reduction in the travel voucher tax will not alleviate the situation.

Earlier this week, A Partnership for National Unity [APNU] called for the lowering of the tax, so that there can be some relief to travelers.

According to Benn, the cost of air travel in and out of Guyana escalated due to the collapse of Red jet and EZ Jet. In this regard, Benn said the introduction of Fly Jamaica to Guyana will pose a possible solution to the problem.

The Public Works Minister is also urging domestic operators who possess the capacity to fly to Trinidad to pursue this market as there has been an escalation in ticket prices.

Benn said he was also informed by Liat of their intention to have flights from Ogle International Airport to the Caribbean within a week’s time.

According to the Public Works Minister, at the 34th Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad a presentation was made by the Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro to procure smaller planes to improve regional transportation. [Akash Ramlackhan]