US airline JetBlue has initiated discussions with the Guyana government about introducing flights into that country.
The initial talks were held on the sidelines of the recent Florida Conference on Current Caribbean Issues: The Diaspora Discussion and will be followed up with a team from the airline visiting Guyana to address the issue in more detail with the relevant government ministries and agencies.
“Jet Blue has indicated its interest in providing service to Guyana and I have indicated to the airline that Guyana is ready to welcome them,” Guyana’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge said after having discussions with JetBlue’s Vice President for Network Planning Dave Clark.
“There are some specific issues such as fuel costs in Guyana and others that have to be addressed but I would say they now have a clear indication that they are welcome and we are prepared to examine and seek to resolve the issues about which they have concerns.”
It is widely speculated that JetBlue is eyeing service to Guyana with a stopover in a destination such as Barbados before introducing a direct service from New York once it acquires aircraft that can handle long haul flights.