GEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 28, 2018 (CMC) – American Airlines has announced that it will commence flights, from Miami to Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport, starting on December 20.
Jim Butler, American Airlines’ Senior Vice President, International and Cargo, stated “This new service adds a new international destination to American’s global network, promoting tourism in the country and offering the people of Guyana multiple connecting options through our hub in Miami.”
The airline said, in a statement, that the new service will operate four times per week with an Airbus A319 — and daily, during the summer season in 2019.
The Airbus A319 features eight seats in First Class, 24 seats in the Main Cabin Extra with more legroom, and 96 seats in Main Cabin, in addition to more entertainment options and power outlets in every seat.
“The airline has a strong presence in South America. It is the premier carrier to the region offering more flights to more destinations than any other carrier. From Miami, the airline operates more than 330 daily flights to 135 destinations around the world,” the airline added.
“I am delighted that American Airlines will commence flying to Guyana in December. This will coincide with the launch of the newly-expanded Cheddi Jagan International Airport and demonstrates a confidence in Destination Guyana, not only as a desirable tourist destination but as an emerging oil economy as well,” said Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson.
“The government has been working at various levels to provide more options to travellers to and from Guyana, to North America, with increased airlift, and American Airlines’ commitment to Destination Guyana is a recognition of government’s work since coming into office in 2015,” he added.
Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, noted that “this is good for tourism, good for business and good for Guyana.”
He said, only last week, the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, announced direct flights to Trinidad, adding “this will give Guyanese and visitors to Guyana two additional travel options in this year alone”.
American Airlines said that from December it would be expanding its presence in the region, with the addition of four new destinations: Guyana, Colombia, Argentina (COR) and Oaxaca in Mexico.
It added that tickets for the new four destinations will go on sale in April.
“We’re creating a world-class customer experience and as the largest U.S. carrier in Mexico and South America, we are committed to offering more choices with the best schedules for our customers in the region,” said Vasu Raja, Vice-president, Network and Schedule Planning.
“As we look to strengthen our network, we’re excited to add more nonstop flights to places like Buenos Aires, maximizing connections across our network,” he added.
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights, each day, to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
The airline is a founding member of the one world alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations, with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries.