THE move by American Airlines (AA) to commence service here is being seen as a major vote of confidence in the country’s improving aviation safety and security capacity.
That’s according to Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Captain Egbert Field, who told the Guyana Chronicle that while AA has not yet formally applied to operate here, it has adequate time to do so, since it expects to start flights out of the country by year-end.
He said that a major airline like American Airlines said to the Authority it was confident in the safety and security operations that Guyana has here.
AA is expected to operate flights from Guyana to Miami, but Field has already indicated the Authority’s intention to entertain an application from the airline should the AA decide to ply the usually unstable but lucrative Georgetown to New York route.
Field expects that many more airlines like AA will want to operate in Guyana, especially with the emerging oil and gas industry, but not if the country’s aviation sector is chaotic and without proper standards.
He said that even the international aircraft manufacturers like Boeing have given the country’s improving security and safety ambitions great reviews, and ranked Guyana third in the hemisphere for rising aviation countries.
Boeing is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services, and is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers.