Major boost for Guyana’s aviation industry


first_img– Aruba Airlines set to fly from JulySeveral airlines have applied to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to operate locally.GCAA Director General, Retired Colonel Egbert Field said the Authority was currently in discussions with officials from those airlines and was working on their applications.The Director General, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI)/Government Information Agency (GINA), noted that two airlines from the United States and three from the Caribbean Region were the latest to indicate their interest in operating airline routes within the Region between Havana and Guyana or Aruba and Guyana.The Director General underlined that “Cubans are spending close to US$500,000 a week in Guyana’s economy and that is a sizeable amount. Imagine the increase when you have additional airlines flying the same route bringing passengers out of Havana…I cannot forecast that the travelling cost will decrease, but increased competition brings the prices down and this is one of the things we’re working on.”Field further said Aruba Airlines was expected to begin formal flights early in July. He explained that the Authority and the airline’s officials were currently finalising the application.“The airline out of Aruba would like to fly to Guyana and also fly through from Havana. To date, we have Easy Sky flying from Havana to Georgetown. Aruba also wants to fly on that route, so it would benefit the economy of Guyana greatly and those Guyanese who wish to travel to Aruba and Curaçao to make connection with the world,” Field explained.Aruba Airlines was founded in 2006; its network of destinations includes Venezuela, several cities in Cuba and Miami. There is good traffic between Guyana and Cuba, and Aruba Airlines will haul in more traffic between the two countries. This increase in travel will lead to an increase in foreign currency, especially from the Cubans who travel to Guyana on a regular basis, Field stated.last_img read more

Russia lifts World Cup ban on German journalist


first_img0Shares0000“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter.BERLIN, Germany, May 15 – Russia has granted a football World Cup visa to the German journalist banned after he broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, Berlin said Tuesday.“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter. German journalist Hajo Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympic games.On Friday, it emerged that his application for a visa, submitted by public regional broadcaster SWR, was rejected as he was apparently on a persona non grata list in Russia.Moscow did not specify the reason but Seppelt himself said the “uncovering of the state doping system has had such great impact for Russia that it felt that it needed to take such measures”.News of the ban sparked an outcry in Germany, and Berlin on Monday called Moscow’s decision to ban Seppelt “wrong”.The German government also warned that it “puts Russia as a host in a bad light if the freedom of the press and of opinion is curtailed before the eyes of the world.”Earlier Tuesday, German Football Federation chief Reinhard Grindel said he had spoken with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to take up the case personally with Russia.“I told him that I hoped that he would personally get in touch with the Russian government,” Grindel said.Russia was already a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely-watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges.But the row over Seppelt’s visa had further roiled an already controversial tournament which kicks off in June.FIFA said on Monday that it had already approved Seppelt’s accreditation request to cover the World Cup.“Generally speaking, the freedom of the press is of paramount importance to FIFA and we always aim to provide media representatives with the best possible conditions for coverage of all FIFA events,” FIFA said in a statement.The dispute also came just days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has clashed repeatedly with Western leaders on a litany of issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more