The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) turned down requests from two Caribbean airlines to offer nonstop service between New York and Georgetown, Guyana.
DOT said Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica "had not provided compelling evidence" that the flights would be in the public interest, according to an order signed by Paul Gretch, director of DOT's Office of International Aviation.
"In light of these existing Georgetown-New York services and the lack of a showing by the applicants that there is a truly demonstrable need for additional Georgetown-New York services, we are unable to find that the proposals satisfy the public-interest test," the order stated.
With Delta ceasing its New York-Guyana service last May, Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica looked to fill the void. But their bids to enter the market were opposed by Airlines for America
(the trade group representing U.S. airlines) and the Air Line Pilots Association.
Airlines for America and ALPA had argued that Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica are not entitled to serve a route between the U.S. and Guyana because they are based in third countries — Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, respectively.
Both Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica may continue to operate one-stop service between Guyana and New York, routing through Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and Kingston, Jamaica, respectively. Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.