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Stranded Cubans start to leave Guyana

From Caribbean News Service

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 26 2017 – Hundreds of Cuban nationals stranded here over the past few days were leaving Guyana on Tuesday after the authorities granted the Honduras-based Easy Sky Airline temporary permission to fly into the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (JGIA).

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Monday night had confirmed the suspension of the airline over several safety concerns.

“The weight and balance of the aircraft appeared to be in question and that could have caused serious safety repercussions,” said GCCA Director General Retired Col. Egbert Field. The airline uses a Boeing 737 aircraft for the Guyana operations.

He said once the safety deficiencies and other issues were addressed, the suspension of the airline’s operations would be re-examined.

But he made it clear that any lifting of the suspension at this time would be to get the stranded passengers out and not to allow additional flights coming into Guyana.

Media reports said that at least 433 passengers had been stranded in Guyana since last week.

Hundreds of Cubans fly to Guyana weekly to shop for clothing, electronic and other items.

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