JetBlue is expanding to Guyana as the country continues to draw interest as an emerging ecotourism destination. The airline will offer nonstop service out of New York’s JFK Airport to the country’s capital, Georgetown, daily beginning April 2, 2020. The airline will operate the flights on its new A321neo aircraft.
The flight will take five hours, departing New York at 11:55 p.m. and arriving in Georgetown at 5:58 a.m. the next day. The return flight will depart Georgetown at 7:20 a.m. and arrive at JFK at 1:09 p.m.
Guyana will be the fourth South American country served by JetBlue, joining Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Guyana, which is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname, has been working to promote itself as an ecotourism destination to the North American market since last summer, when the Guyana Tourism Authority partnered with Emerging Destinations and Green Team Global on promotion efforts. It was named one of our Emerging Destinations of 2018, and it was the subject of our recent June cover story.
JetBlue will join Caribbean Airlines, which operates an approximately 5.5 hour direct flight out of JFK, in serving Georgetown from New York. Caribbean Airlines and American Airlines also fly to the country out of Miami, and American is planning to launch a daily, direct flight out of JFK on December 18.
The country is home to a number of locally owned ecolodges that provide a place to explore its unique wildlife, which include megafauna – such as giant anteaters and giant harpy eagles – that have given it the nickname “Land of the Giants.” It is also home to over 900 bird species.