GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Canada’s second largest airline, Westjet, said that it has “no plans to operate to Guyana,” and distanced itself from a statement made by Wesley Kirton, director of the Roraima Group of Companies, at the Caribbean Aviation Handlers Association (CAHA) symposium in Guyana recently that the airline is looking to enter the Guyana market.
The airline said that it did not release or authorize Kirton’s statement apologizing for the absence of the West Jet representative, Beverly Garcia- Cottrell due to a personal emergency:
Kirton added that a one-on-one meeting had been set up for Garcia-Cottrell, a manager at WestJet, with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
WestJet has denied all of this.
WestJet representative, Lauren Steward, said in an email, “WestJet did not issue any statement – the statement that you have is from your government not WestJet. As I mentioned, and reconfirmed, WestJet does not have any plans to operate to Guyana.”
When asked to contact Garcia-Cottrell, WestJet did not answer that part of the email.
There are, however, unconfirmed reports that a date for Garcia-Cottrell to meet with the GCAA has been scheduled.
Toronto and New York City have a large Guyanese diaspora community and airlift from these cities to Guyana is very limited and of poor quality.
Meanwhile, GCAA director general, Egbert Field, has told that, while other carriers have signaled their intent to enter the Guyana market, “there have been no concrete decisions made.”