Oct 28, 2015 News
Tourism Minister, Catherine Hughes had a cordial meeting with the visiting Chief Operations Officer (COO) of United States-based Dynamic International Airways, John Mullins on the periphery of the Aviation Conference held earlier this week. Accompanied by Director General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, Minister Hughes discussed Dynamic Airways’ plans to increase their Georgetown to New York flights over the Christmas holidays and into 2016.
Mr. Mullins who was accompanied by his Company’s Director of Security and Cargo, James Smollein, and Guyanese business partner, proprietor of Roraima Airways, Capt. Gerry Gouveia, gave the assurance that his company had firm plans not only to increase the frequency of flights to Georgetown, but to introduce a direct cargo service to New York from Guyana that has the capacity to boost agricultural exports. The Airline has already secured the relevant permissions from US authorities and is currently awaiting Guyana’s approval.
Capt. Gouveia stated that the Boeing 767 aircraft is spacious and has the capacity to carry 10 tonnes of fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, ground provisions and other raw produce. By the same token, he said, the business community could utilise the cargo service for importation.
The group discussed the ramifications of early effective implementation and agreed that it will require the acquisition of specialised equipment to test and closely monitor the perishable goods before and during transit. Minister Hughes gave a commitment to collaborate with her peers in the relevant ministries to facilitate this acquisition.
In the meantime, Guyanese in the Diaspora who plan to come home to participate in the 50th Anniversary Jubilee in 2016 are being advised to secure their travel bookings early. Mr. Mullins conveyed to the Minister his company’s assurance that the ‘turbulence’ that passengers experienced in the early days of the airline’s service to Guyana has been eradicated. He stated further that the Guyanese market has since been viable and loyal to the airline and that Dynamic Airways is ready to invest further. The COO added that Guyana is among the destinations whose steadfastness has allowed Dynamic to add ‘International’ to its name. “It is a reflection of our transition into a long haul,” Mr. Mullins stated.
The Dynamic Airways duo came to Guyana to participate in the recent two-day Aviation Conference organised by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority. Minister Hughes was among several Ministers of Government who addressed the pre-conference roundtable on Sunday, October 18.
Dynamic’s Director of Security and Cargo, James Smollein, also addressed the sector on new US safety regulations and modern initiatives in air safety implemented since the 9/11 bombing of the Manhattan Twin Towers. (MINISTRY OF TOURISM)
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