Tuesday 29 September, 2020

More Guyanese given clearance to return home

An Eastern Airlines flight landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Photo Department of Public Information

An Eastern Airlines flight landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Photo Department of Public Information

Over 250 Guyanese will be returning home on repatriation flights scheduled for July 9 and 15.

Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s Board of Directors Larry London made the announcement today at a National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) virtual media briefing.

The first flight is a WestJet charter from Toronto, Canada with 140 Guyanese on board. The flight will leave the Cheddi Jagan International Airport hours later with 110 passengers.

All of the returning nationals must quarantine themselves and also take a COVID-19 test.

One-hundred and eleven students in Trinidad will be repatriated mid-month. Guyanese students in Cuba will have to wait a bit longer as London noted they are scattered throughout the island and it is a lengthy process to bring them to the Cuban capital city of Havana.

Plans are underway to bring another batch of nationals from Miami and New York, which are hotspots for the virus.

So far over 1,000 Guyanese have been repatriated.

Meanwhile, London is advising citizens not to purchase any American airlines or JetBlue flights to Guyana since only WestJet and Eastern Airlines have been given clearance to land.

“If you have been invited to buy tickets on any other carrier, please ask for your money back. They are not coming. They have not been approved to come into Guyana until maybe after the end of July and even then we are not sure if this would happen,” London said.

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