Direct flights now connect America’s oil capital to Georgetown

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United Airlines inaugurated its nonstop flight from Houston to Georgetown, Guyana, operated by a Boeing 737-MAX 8, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) said in an April 1 release. 

The new service, which runs four times a week, will give customers direct access to both destinations. This service now connects Houston, Exxon’s homeland and America’s oil capital, to the most exciting new petroleum investment destination on the planet. 

The airline’s 737 MAX 8 has a capacity of 166 passengers, equipped with 16 United First seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 96 United Economy seats, and features United’s NEXT interior with larger overhead bins, seatback entertainment and fast Wi-Fi, CJIA said.

United has a large and diversified international route network among U.S. airlines, offering non-stop service to 134 international destinations across 67 countries. It is expanding its presence in Latin America and the Caribbean, growing its summer schedule by over 10% throughout the region.

Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances at United Airlines, said: “We are excited to connect Houston, as well as the broader United network, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”

U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, Nicole Theriot, said “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.”

Oneidge Walrond, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, said “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….”  

Guyana recorded a record number of visitor arrivals in 2023 – 319,056, equating to 40% of its population

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