American Airlines is launching a new direct, daily flight between New York – JFK and Guyana, a South American country that is stepping up its efforts to promote itself to the North American tourism market for the first time. The new flight will begin December 18 and fly to Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city.
“American is the only U.S. carrier that flies directly to Georgetown,” said Vasu Raja, American’s VP of network and schedule planning, in a written statement.
American will operate the new flight on Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 160 seats, including 16 seats in First Class and power at every seat, free live TV and the ability to stream Apple Music while onboard. The daily flights are scheduled to leave JFK at 6:00 p.m. and arrive in Guyana at 12:40 a.m. The return flight will leave Guyana at 1:35 a.m. and arrive in New York at 6:29 a.m.
American began operating four weekly flights to Guyana from Miami last November. The airline will increase this service to daily in the summer, as well as operate a larger aircraft with 172 seats this winter due to strong demand. Tickets for the new flight out of JFK are now available for purchase.
Bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Suriname and the Atlantic Ocean, Guyana announced plans for a big push into the North American tourism market in the summer of 2018 via new partnerships with Emerging Destinations and Green Team Global. Notable for its sustainable ecotourism, particularly its iconic large animals that have earned it the nickname of the “Land of the Giants,” we highlighted Guyana in our most recent list of Emerging Destinations.
The new service is subject to approval by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.