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United Airlines commences non-stop flights between Guyana and Texas

The Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft [Photo: Cheddi Jagan International Airport/ April 1, 2024]

United Airlines has launched a new non-stop flight route between Houston, Texas, and Georgetown, Guyana, utilising a Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft.

This service operates four times a week and provides passengers with direct access between the two destinations. The aircraft boasts a capacity of 166 passengers, including 16 United First seats, 54 Economy Plus seats, and 96 United Economy seats.

It features United’s NEXT interior design, offering larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment for every passenger, and the fastest Wi-Fi available in the industry.

This new route strengthens the relationship between the United States of America (USA) and Guyana, opening up new opportunities for both business and leisure travellers.

United Airlines now offers the largest and most diverse international route network among U.S. carriers, with non-stop service to 134 international destinations in 67 countries. The airline’s presence in Latin America and the Caribbean is expanding, with its summer schedule growing by over 10% in the region.

Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances at United Airlines, expressed the company's excitement about connecting Houston and the broader United network with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

He emphasised United's commitment to remaining the top airline to Latin America and the Caribbean from Houston, with service to 52 unique destinations in the region.

“We are excited to connect Houston, as well as the broader United network, with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world,” Quayle stated.

He continued, “This new route will offer our customers convenient access to the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Guyana and United is proud to remain the top airline to Latin America and the Caribbean from Houston, offering service to 52 unique destinations in the region – more than all other carriers combined.”

U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, Nicole Theriot, highlighted the significance of this new flight in strengthening the partnership between the two countries.

“United Airlines’ new flight to Guyana is more than just a flight; it represents yet another significant milestone in our bilateral relationship.  It’s a clear and exciting message that our commercial linkages are deepening, as we witness the growing number of U.S. companies coming to do business in Guyana. Moreover, this new route will unlock incredible tourism opportunities by inviting even more travelers to experience the many offerings of both of our countries.  Simply put, it’s a win-win for our economies, our cultures, and our close people-to-people ties.”

Minister of Tourism, Industry, and Commerce, Oneidge Walrond, expressed enthusiasm about the new route’s potential to boost tourism in Guyana and the United States.

“This is a significant development for Guyana's tourism industry. It underscores the increasing interest in travel between Guyana and the United States, a key source market for us. This new service will not only provide our citizens with greater travel options but also serve as a major catalyst for further enhancing Guyana's connectivity to the global tourism marketplace.”

She further underscored, “This direct flight will make it easier and more convenient for travelers from the United States to experience Guyana's unique beauty and diverse offerings. We expect this to lead to a significant increase in visitor arrivals, which will have a positive ripple effect throughout our economy, creating jobs, supporting local businesses, and contributing to the overall growth and development of the tourism sector.”

Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill, hailed the inaugural flight as a symbol of the government's vision for expanded air travel options and positioning Guyana as a hub for the Caribbean and beyond.

“This is a concrete example of our government's vision for increased airlift and positioning Guyana as a significant hub for the Caribbean and beyond. It also serves as a powerful testament to the ongoing infrastructural development taking place within the country, which will further fuel interest and investment in Guyana's immense potential.”

The Minister further stated, “This venture also demonstrates that the international community has confidence in our nation's growth and potential. This new connection will not only facilitate travel and trade but also catalyze further economic development and investment in Guyana. We are committed to fostering a thriving aviation sector that connects Guyana to the world and propels us towards a brighter future.”


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