Previously restricted by limited flights offered at pricey costs, passengers flying between Canada and Guyana now have a further option with Fly Allways now operating the route.
The inaugural flight AU8600 landed on the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri just after 16:00 hrs Tuesday.
This was made possible through a charter agreement Canada Jetlines has entered with Fly Allways Airlines.
While Fly Allways has been offering flights in Guyana before now, it was engaged in talks with the authorities for several months before approval was granted for the Canada/Guyana route.
They might be offering two flights every week.
Flights might be direct with a fuel stop in Dominican Republic, when essential, using an Airbus A320 aircraft that has a seating capability of 174.
Delivering remarks at a welcoming ceremony, Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill said the new addition to the travel industry here is just certainly one of the various interventions being made by the Government to make sure that Guyanese are capable of travel with ease and in comfort.
“This operation will give the market more options and can ensure competitiveness when it comes to airfare…Already we have now seen one other airline dropping their prices,” he said.
He added, “…we have now been investing in ensuring that we go to all the available opportunities that exist…to draw and interact new airlines in Guyana”.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Minister throughout the Ministry of Public Works, Deodat Indar, who said to make travel “smooth and simple”, the Government is in “advanced” discussions because it look to implement e-gates and a border control system on the airports.
“…Canadians found it difficult, one to get a flight and every time they got one it was one which was expensive…I’m proud today to say…today we have now a reality with an inaugural flight that added one other airline to the route from Canada to Guyana,” he said.
Meanwhile, in short remarks Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fly Allways, Amichand Jhauw said the will is to see the cooperation flourish right into a partnership to learn all.
“Fly All Ways have offered flights to and from Guyana for some time now and we would really like to see that this cooperation proven to be certainly one of friendship kindness and a full opportunity for all parties involved,” he said.