Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:01 by GxMediaA Venezuelan airline is to begin flying directly to Guyana and will eventually expand to the wider Caribbean, officials said Saturday.
In a joint declaration signed by Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar and the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, they agreed to establish a direct air link through CONVIASA airline.
The carrier has the capacity to transport seventy passengers twice weekly, according to the declaration.
Director General of Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Zulfikar Mohammed said the President of CONVIASA indicated in bilateral talks between officials that the flights could begin during November.
With the acquisition of a total of 15 aircraft, the airline plans to expand its service to the wider Caribbean, Mohammed told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com).
The joint declaration also commits Venezuela to train key personnel in the aviation sector. “With the aim of consolidating the airline sector, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela offered the Government of Guyana capacity building in the area of training of technicians and flight operations inspectors,” states the declaration inked at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC).
CONVIASA already serves Barbados, Brazil and other Central and South American countries.
The Caribbean and, in particular Guyana, has been complaining about the high cost of regional and extra regional airfares.