Jun 08, 2014 News
… offer US$575 flights
With two planes to be stationed full time in Guyana, an all Guyanese operating team and a promise to provide exceptional service specified to meet the needs of Guyanese, United States-based airline, Dynamic Airways is aiming to attain Guyana’s flag carrier status.
The airline, which will commence direct services from Guyana to New York from June 26, is also offering flights as low as US$575.
During the airlines official launch at the Duke Lodge Friday evening, local handler for the US based entity, Captain Gerry Gouviea pointed out that the airline is seeking to meet the needs of Guyanese and two 767 aircraft will be stationed in Guyana, taking on the job of national carrier. Gouviea’s company, Roraima Airways has partnered with Dynamics Airways which will be providing the planes while Roraima Airways will be overseeing local handling, catering, transportation and security, among other things.
Additionally, the Airline’s partnership with Guyana will see a complete business structure where special logos and websites would be specially designed to reflect the Guyana partnership. The Airline’s local handler has noted, however, that “flag carrier status is something that we must earn…We don’t want it to be given to us and we don’t want to apply for it. Any carrier that wants it (flag carrier status) should earn it.
“The Guyanese airline here is the face of what is happening. They (Dynamics Airways) bring these 767 here and we deal with all the ground handling, accommodations, security catering transportation, ticketing, etc. We will occupy the space of a Guyanese owned airline.”
Tom Johnson, Dynamics Airline’s Senior Vice President, Business Development, explained that the airline owns their entire fleet and offers charted services. He mentioned also that Dynamics Airways is under new ownership and all obligations and liabilities, which includes business with EZjet, has been erased and is not a matter for the new owners.
He elaborated on the services that the Airline would be offering, before relaying the company’s enthusiasm in spending a long time in Guyana. Johnson pointed out that research has shown great potential in Guyana’s aviation growth which the company would love to be a part of and contribute to. He said many locals would gain employment as flight attendants, bag handlers, and so on.
President Donald Ramotar welcomed the new initiative and wished the partnership huge success. He said that tourism is increasingly becoming a huge factor in economic growth and an increase in airlines would see an increase in competition which is positive for development. The President also focused on the country being able to retain “tourist dollars,” pointing out that in some countries eighty to ninety dollars spent by every tourist is lost.
Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy was also on hand at Friday’s event and was ecstatic over the Airline’s potential to export food. The Airline highlighted their huge cargo space and the opportunity for exports and invited the Government to take advantage of what was being offered.
Public Works Minister Robeson Benn described Dynamics Airways partnership with Guyana as, “a vote of confidence in the country”. He pointed out that for developments such as the investments being made by the Airline, expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) is necessary.
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