Frequency and costs of flights to Canada and Miami among challenges Guyana receiving from Caribbean Airlines.

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President Irfaan Ali held discussions with top-ranking officials from Trinidad-owned –Caribbean Airlines on improving its relationship with Guyana. The President noted that during the pandemic the relationship continued since Guyana was kept relatively open and CAL’s operations were sustained.
“It is under these circumstances that I wanted us to engage and to have a clear understanding as to where CAL is heading. Also…We believe that CAL is a long and strong partner with us, and we need to find a way in which that partnership is demonstrated in a stronger way.”
“We are aware that CAL has been an extremely good partner of Guyana, but you must also accept that Guyana has been an extremely good market for CAL. It has never been a one-way street, it has always been a two-way street, and all your previous boards and CEOs would have appreciated this,” President Ali said.
The President also acknowledged that there is room for improvement in many areas, including local content.
“I know that you are cutting costs and you are cutting staff, but we would like to see more involvement of Guyanese in the operations, and by that, I mean we are willing to work with you on increasing your footprint and your presence here in Guyana as part of your development plans.”
Further, CAL’s Chairman of the Board, Ronnie Mohammed said that the airline has been a “legacy carrier” into Guyana and that the mutual friendship and relationship between Guyana and Trinidad have been maintained and sustained.
“We are eager and willing to partner deeper with our footprint in Guyana,” he added.
Meanwhile, CEO Garvin Medera assured the President that CAL is “very willing” to continue with the push to support local content in Guyana. He explained that before the onset of the pandemic, the airline had started recruiting Guyanese but was forced to cut back on staffing.
In closing, President Ali pointed to the importance of a clear path and plan between the Government and CAL, which can be transmitted to consumers.
“We have to grow together. We need to have a technical discussion on the way forward to improve efficiency and to come up with a master plan together to share with the people in demonstration of the partnership.”
He informed the airline officials that moving forward, the Ministers at the meeting will engage at the technical level to craft a cohesive plan that demonstrates and strengthens the partnership while examining the opportunities ahead. He stressed that this will help build trust and improve services in the eyes of consumers.

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