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By Zena Henry The Guyana government has embarked on numerous projects; some that have brought much controversy, concern and, especially, parliamentary division. But one project that can admirably be aimed for is the rebirth of another national airline.This is the view of past and present local aviation veterans.Although it would pose a major challenge, aviators believe that another national carrier is not farfetched. It was in fact mentioned that it would be one project, if managed properly, ease the aviation woes the country is currently facing, and possibly generate much needed revenue. It was made clear however that expertise and articulate planning and management would need to be implemented if Guyana is to, this time, maintain its own airline. In addition the aviation veterans warned that should it come to fruition, political interference has no place in aviation.This is one of the areas retired Director of Civil Aviation (ag) Mr. Aubrey Alexander was keen on.In a special interview with Mr. Alexander, Kaieteur News was told that it takes much work to maintain an airline. More importantly, he insisted that expertise and skills must be secured as the “aviation industry requires a special breed of people.”He told Kaieteur News that large sums of money would be needed for start up, but it is money that Guyana could secure. He continued that management would have to start small and there will have to be some considerations on the type of aircraft that would have to be leased, since buying a plane might not be immediately feasible.He related that the major aim of any airline should be to increase profitability by all means while ensuring safety. This means that the right employees would be needed to provide the right customer, aviation and technical services.Additionally,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, the Guyanese airliner would have to devise ways of continuously increasing its profits. For example Alexander pointed out, the defunct Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) during its operations, did not charge extra cash for changed flight dates and cancelled flights. He said the airline allowed persons to travel with open dates. This cannot be a feature with the new airline if the aim is to maximize profit, Alexander explained.He continued that the aviation industry has changed and the policies needed to ensure the airlines survival would have to accommodate those changes. Alexander reiterated that political interference should definitely plat no part if the airline is to prosper. In this case,NFL Jerseys China, he suggested that government would have to approve the airline, but leave the managing to the experts.Guyanese-born Jamaica Civil Aviation Director and first local Jet Captain Egbert Field also told Kaieteur News that Guyana is capable of maintaining a national carrier. He explained that Guyana is a very lucrative market, one that Guyanese could themselves take advantage of.The former GAC pilot, while making reference to the country’s failed airline, said that much work would be needed for a national carrier. “When something is torn down, it can be a bigger challenge to rebuild,” he told Kaieteur News.He said that as far as he is aware, GAC’s failure was not as a result of poor performance, financial or operational woes. According to the registered earnings, GAC was making a profit and it is not farfetched to think that Guyana can go there again.Like Mr. Alexander, Field insisted that expertise and proper management should be the main interest if a project like returning a national carrier is to be embarked upon. Apart from this, Field cited the meaning of a national carrier to its people and the prestige associated with it.He recalled that during GAC’s operation, it was something that many people looked forward to. He said that youngsters were mesmerized by the planes as they were offered tours of the plane’s cockpit. “It was something to aspire to,” Fields said with much enthusiasm. He stated that a national carrier is something that a country and its people can be proud of.Former GAC head, Fazel Khan had told Kaieteur News in a previous interview that political spite had caused the downfall of GAC. He claimed that a disagreement with the government of the day had led to his removal as GAC’s top man. He said however, that at the time, GAC was very profitable, while the airline still managed to pay all taxes and dividends due to the state.While providing excellent service to passengers, and expending millions in operational cost,Air Force 1 Australia Womens, Khan said, GAC still registered pre-tax profits from $3 to $GY500M,Cheap Jerseys China, even attaining $GY900M profit, at one time in a four year period. In his view,Nike Air Max Salg, the failure of GAC was a mistake.  “By the time the government realized… it was too late,” Khan declared.Presently, with Guyana not having its own airline,Wholesale Nike Baseball Jerseys, many Guyanese are of the view that other multinational air carriers are taking advantage of the situation.
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