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Guyana, Caribbean Airlines resolve duty free issues

Featured Representatives from Cheddi Jagan International Airport; Caribbean Airlines; the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority; and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority following the meeting Representatives from Cheddi Jagan International Airport; Caribbean Airlines; the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority; and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority following the meeting
GEORGETOWN, Guyana June 22, 2016 - Caribbean Airlines (CAL) passengers traveling out of Guyana will no longer have to fear that their duty-free items will be disposed of while in-transit at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad, as the management of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) have reached an agreement.
 
This follows a resolution of the impasse between the two  entities after the Chairman and Executive Management of Caribbean Airlines and representatives from the Civil Aviation Authorities of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago met in Guyana yesterday to explore solutions to the impasse.
 
After detailed discussions to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are met, the teams agreed on a way forward, which would enable transit passengers to once again purchase duty free items, effective Wednesday June 22nd.  
 
Travellers through a secure process will now be allowed to place their duty free items into their checked luggage. This procedure will NOT apply to BW 526, which operates non-stop Georgetown to New York. The details of the process are as follows:
 
  Passengers will be required to indicate their intention to purchase duty free items at the security checkpoint at the entrance to the airport and again at the Caribbean Airlines  check-in counter before making their way to the duty-free shops
 
 Once the purchases are made, the purchaser will be escorted by security personnel to the baggage area in order to place the items in their checked luggage 
 
 The process will be closely supervised by security and airport personnel and will be conducted in the full view of cameras.
 
  Duty free purchases will need to be completed one (1) hour before  scheduled departure to ensure sufficient time for the new procedure.
 
 Officials from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport indicated: “We are very pleased with the outcome of today’s meeting, which has resulted in the immediate implementation of a new procedure.  We expect that over time the process will be refined, however, the important thing is that we have found a workable solution which positively impacts travellers from Cheddi Jagan International Airport who wish to purchase duty free items, but who must transit other airports to get to their final destination.”  
 
Phillip Marshall, Chairman of Caribbean Airlines stated: “This issue is one of national and regional significance and Guyana is an important destination for Caribbean Airlines. We remain committed to our loyal Guyanese customers whom we have consistently served with reliable service since our start in 2007.  Today’s meeting has enabled the   CJIA and Caribbean Airlines to achieve a solution to this issue which ensures that Caribbean 
 
Airlines remains compliant with the TSA regulations and continues to provide quality service to our valued customers.” 
 
Following upon the successful resolution of the duty free issue, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIA) has officially withdrawn the warning issued to Caribbean Airlines, to cancel the Air Carrier Agreement, if the airline failed to comply with the procedure proposed by the CJIA.  
 
The Civil Aviation Authorities of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago also re-affirmed their commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two authorities. Under the MOU, passengers originating from Guyana and connecting on other Caribbean Airlines’ services will not be re-screened at Piarco International Airport
 
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