A new airline will soon be operating scheduled flights between Guyana, Barbados and Suriname and Antigua & Barbuda.
Earlier this month, Suriname registered air carrier, FlyAllways Airlines was granted a permit to operate the scheduled flights.
Senior Executive of the Airline, Franklin “Bobby” Vieira visited the country recently to finalise arrangements for the inaugural flight later in December.
While on island, Vieira paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Minister of Tourism, Asot Michael, to apprise them of the intended service.
The airline, which operates a Fokker 70 – 80 seater aircraft, currently stops in Antigua for refuelling on its way to Haiti. The carrier also provides several weekly scheduled services between Suriname, Guyana and Barbados.
Both the prime minister and the tourism minister welcomed the addition of FlyAllways to the destination’s schedule and view the air carrier’s interest as a tangible expression of the positive continued upward trajectory of Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism product.
Minister Michael said: “Increasing the number of airlines providing service to the destination is consistent with the government’s tourism strategy for growing regional visitor arrivals.
“The additional lift provided by the airline further strengthens Antigua & Barbuda’s positioning as the hub of the Caribbean, and will boost the VC Bird International Airport’s ability to continue facilitating the hassle-free movement of travellers and offering flexible connections to a number of destinations from Antigua.”