Caribbean Airlines (CAL) has announced the commencement of operations between the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and Jose Marti International in Havana Cuba. This operation started on November 21 and flights are being scheduled on a weekly basis.
Flights are operating every Saturday and as per Civil Aviation regulations, each flight to and from Havana will transit via Trinidad. However, passengers will not disembark the aircraft. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
Persons can check the www.caribbean-airlines.com website for more details.
Last month, Guyana’s two main ports of entry – the Eugene F Correia and Cheddi Jagan International Airports reopened to commercial flights.
An important aspect of allowing incoming passengers is a negative PCR test, which must be proven by persons entering the country. This type of test is separated into two categories and can be done either with 72 hours or seven days of the flight. With regards to the seven-day window, travellers will be asked to pay for a second test at the airport. If someone tests positive during their second PCR test, they will be picked up by the Health Ministry’s specialised COVID-19 team.
In addition, upon boarding an aircraft, the necessary guidelines are to be followed with regards to protective gears. Screening will be done at the airport through temperature checks, electronic recording of data among other measures. In addition, upon boarding an aircraft, the necessary guidelines are to be followed with regards to protective gears.
The GCAA has implemented a series of safety measures and guidelines for persons entering and leaving the country, since closing the main port of entry for several months resulted in the CJIA losing approximately $200 million per month since the closure in mid-March.
Since the airports have been reopened, 11 persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon entering the country.
Meanwhile, Cuba has also implemented mandatory PCR testing upon arrival into their country as well as quarantine as the authorities see fit for seven days. Persons are also required to wear masks if they are in a public place, as well as passengers.
Along with Caribbean Airlines, American Airlines has also restarted operations in Guyana since last month. JetBlue has announced December 11 as the launch date for its commercial flight between New York and Guyana. The airline announced that flights would initially be operated up to four times weekly, with seats available for purchase starting on October 27.
Government is also engaging Virgin Atlantic and InterCaribbean Airways on adding Guyana to its list of destinations.