The Guyanese people have taken to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter in a big way to lobby JetBlue Airways to enter the Guyana market soon. The campaign has become aggressive now as the leading U.S. low-cost carrier recently started its flights to Trinidad from New York and Florida.
Media reports said that the cheap airfares being offered by JetBlue Airways for travelling from New York City to the Caribbean island of Trinidad has made the people happy.
The reports quoted travel experts as saying that the East Coast of the United States has a large concentration of the Guyanese community. For the past three decades they have been subjected to exorbitant fares by ‘fly-by-night’ airlines. The experts said that this problem could be overcome after JetBlue Airways starts serving the Guyanese community, and this could also become a game changer as well.
The reports also said that JetBlue Airways had also made a presentation regarding its business prospects on the Investor Day in 2013. The airline had outlined Fort Lauderdale and Guyana as potential growth markets during the presentation.
Fort Lauderdale is one of the major hubs of JetBlue Airways from where it currently operates a total of 632 flights per week to 39 destinations, including 13 international routes. The airline’s prime focus has been on the South American and Caribbean markets.
Caribbean Airlines is presently the only airline operating flights between New York and Guyana. Apart from Caribbean Airlines, other airlines which have recently entered the Guyana market include Surinam Airlines, Fly Jamaica, Insel and Copa Airlines. Even with the growing competition the airfares continue to be expensive for travel b/from Guyana, the Caribbean and North America.