GEORGETOWN, Guyana — In an extraordinary development that has surprised travellers and the tourism industry of Guyana, American Airlines (AA ) has begun selling tickets for the commencement of its Miami to Georgetown, Guyana, non-stop flights at US$900 from Miami , from NYC via Miami, the airfare is over US$1,200.
Service to Guyana will begin in December, and the airline will use a very small Airbus A319 with the capacity to carry about 120 passengers.
This is no surprise to Tomas Chlumecky, who told Regional Media a few weeks ago that operating an A319 on the Guyana/Miami route will be expensive because of the price tag to operate such an aircraft to Guyana per hour.
The airline will fly to Guyana from Miami four times weekly. AA flights will depart Miami at 6 pm and arrive in Georgetown at 11:40 pm. The return flight to Miami will depart GEO at 1:15 am and arrive at 4:55 am in Miami, conveniently for business travellers.
The airline will require passengers to pay a baggage fee of US$25 for the first checked bag.
It seems that with such exorbitant fares, the company is looking to serve only the business community, especially that Guyana is poised to become an oil and gas producing country. An insider from the travel industry in Guyana confirmed this.
The average Guyanese traveller is more likely to book Surinam Airways (SLM) and Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flights out of Miami to Guyana, which start at US$400 RT.
Other airlines are also in the process of finalizing their entrance into the Guyana market and AA will face competition.