PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines Monday announced that it would resume commercial flights between Miami and Guyana as the airline seeks to take advantage of new efforts to lure passengers as the international vaccination programs to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic take effect.
CAL, which has not been able to operate schedule flights out of his home based Piarco International Airport for more than a year, said the new flights between Guyana and the Miami International Airport will start on Wednesday.
“To kick-start the re-launch, all customers who book from now until July 14 will enjoy double miles. The weekly flight, which is conveniently timed to facilitate connections, will operate every Wednesday,” CAL said.
The airline’s chief executive officer, Garvin Medera said the “resumption of this non-stop service between Miami and Guyana is an exciting start to our summer operations.
“The flight times were done with our customers’ needs top of mind. Now, persons traveling from Miami and beyond can easily fly non-stop to Guyana. And Miami has long been a popular destination for our valued Guyanese and Caribbean based customers. We assure all passengers that internationally verified safety protocols are in place for a comfortable travel experience.”
The airline said that it was reminding passengers that wearing a mask is mandatory during check-in, while boarding and for the duration of their flight.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, indicated that the island’s borders could re-open between four to six weeks as the government carries out its vaccination program. He said the re-opening would greatly assist CAL.
“…you will get the clear details as to what the open airport will mean and Caribbean Airlines will begin scheduled flights,” Rowley said, adding “we are close to the point of removing the exemption border closure arrangement and of course removing the taxpayer from being responsible for funding Caribbean Airlines 100 per cent while they don’t fly”.
Earlier this year, the airline announced it had lost TT$738 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) for the financial year 2020 in comparison to 2019, which saw revenue of three billion TT dollars for the 12-month period.