CUBAN DELEGATION TO GUYANA TRADE AND INVESTMENT EXPO (GUYTIE) HOLDS DISCUSSIONS WITH RORAIMA AIRWAYS OF GUYANA WITH RESPECT TO DIRECT FLIGHTS
September 24, 2018
The Cuban Delegation from Cuba, that visited Georgetown for the Guyana Trade and Investment Expo (GUYTIE), met on Wednesday last with officials of Roraima Airways during which a range of issues, including direct air transport between Havana and Georgetown and collaboration in tourism, were discussed and initiatives identified to move the process forward.
The three-member Cuban delegation led by Dr. Celia Labora Rodriguez, Director, International Relations, Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba indicated its interest in further developing commercial ties with Guyana, pointing out that there are several opportunities that would be of benefit to the business communities of both nations.
In welcoming the delegation to Roraima Airways Headquarters, Chief Executive Officer Capt. Gerry Gouveia, pointed to the critical importance of efficient logistics including air transportation for both passengers and cargo. He drew attention to daily flights by Aruba Airlines to Guyana from Cuba which bring hundreds of Cubans to the country each week mainly for shopping.
Gouveia said the introduction of some non-stop flights between the two destinations would not only boost passenger travel but provide for the movement of cargo, especially items like pharmaceuticals, which require quick transport so as to avoid spoilage.
Both Gouveia and Dr. Labora Rodriguez indicated that applications for operating permits for Aruba Airlines to introduce some non-stop flights are currently under consideration by civil aviation authorities in both Guyana and Cuba and are optimistic that approvals will soon be granted. Talks in this connection have been undertaken over the past two weeks.
The two teams also discussed initiatives for the promotion of tourism packages in both destinations and the two are to exchange information and promotional material which will be shared with tour operators.
Discussions also centered on Guyana’s participation in next month’s Havana International Trade and Investment Fair (FIHAV) and the role Aruba Air could play in facilitating the movement of passengers and exhibits to Cuba.
The Cuban Delegation, which included Ms. Laura Vives Castillos from FarmaCuba, and Ms. Mayte Perdomo Maldonado, Secretary to the Guyana Ambassador to Cuba, thanked Roraima and Aruba Air for facilitating their travel arrangements to Guyana for GUYTIE 2018.
In the photographs below can be seen the Cuban Delegation in talks with Capt. Gouveia.