American Airlines will, on November 15, begin flights plying the Miami to Georgetown route four
times weekly. This announcement was made today by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
An Airbus A319 aircraft with an eight first class and 120 economy class seating capacity will be used.
Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, in his presentation to the Cabinet on Tuesday said
the scope of the airline’s application was covered under the Air Transport Agreement between the
Government of Guyana and the United States of America.
The airline’s business proposal was reviewed by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) which
found it to be satisfactory, having fulfilled the requirements in the areas of law, organisation, finance
and market analysis.
Minister Harmon said, having met the criteria, Cabinet granted approval for American Airlines to
operate scheduled air services on the Georgetown to Miami route.
The airline had announced in March that it would be expanding its services in the region. However,
service to Guyana was scheduled initially to begin in December.
American Airlines with its partner, American Eagle offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day
to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago,
Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
American Airlines is a founding member of the one world alliance, whose members serve more than
1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries.
On April 15, 1926, Charles Lindbergh flew the first American Airlines flight – carrying U.S. mail from
St. Louis, Missouri, to Chicago, Illinois. After eight years of mail routes, the airline began to form into
what it is today. American founder C.R. Smith worked with Donald Douglas to create the DC-3; a
plane that changed the entire airline industry, switching revenue sources from mail to passengers.