Lindbergh Smith: “Cuba is the Center of the Caribbean”
By Elio Socorro
The list of air carriers that have started flying to and from Cuba remains very much on the rise. A few weeks from now, Air Guyana will be having five weekly nonstop flights from Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey and Varadero, plus two flights from Havana, to Georgetown, Guyana.
The airline will be operating the routes with such aircrafts as Boeing 757 and 767, thus carrying 200 and 250 passengers, respectively.
Lindbergh Smith, resident representative of Fly Jamaica Airways-Air Guyana, mentioned multidestination as the basis of the goals to be achieved in following theCARICOM protocol with the aim set on Caribbean integration.
“Cuba is the center of the Caribbean. Cuban nationals travel to Guyana based on the policies between Cuba and Guyana. Cuban nationals should not have to travel to third Caribbean countries to access Guyana. They ought to fly direct. They ought to have the privilege of flying there. We have put this in place to ensure that they have the opportunity to travel directly to the destination by which they are benefiting from the policies of Cuba and Guyana,” Mr. Smith told Caribbean News Digital in a brief interview Friday, following the launching ceremony of Fly Jamaica Airways-Air Guyana’s direct flight between Cuba and Guyana.
As for the Excelencias Group working on Air Guyana’s in-flight magazine, Mr. Smith said that the Spanish company’s flagship publication is superb. “The Excelencias Group has done a tremendous work. It has such a beautiful magazine and it has regional reach throughout the Caribbean. It is an excellent magazine that speaks of the Caribbean, delivers Caribbean news. This is in keeping with our motive of connecting people,” he commented.
“We are members of a company called Blue World Travel. It is the entity by which we operate flights with Air Guyana. This entity is all about connecting people and that’s what we want to do. We want to connect the Caribbean to Cuba and Cuba to the Caribbean. Our governments want to ensure that the citizens of our countries benefit from their policies. Cubans have the privilege of traveling to Guyana, so why not doing it in a Guyanese airline, operated by a Guyanese owner? Cuban nationals can enjoy tourism, commerce and culture,” he went on to say.
When asked about the airline’s contact with any travel agency, Mr. Smith pointed out that they are represented in Cuba by Havanatur. “People can go to any Havanatur office and purchase our tickets. We are working on packages. Cubans can now travel to Guyana and have a comfortable hotel room at affordable prices. No sleeping in airports. People coming from Guyana will enjoy the same here, in Cuba. They will be coming on our aircrafts and we hope to bring tourism from Guyana. We hope to connect those tourists who travel to Guyana and want a second destination. We’ll bring them to Cuba. We are looking forward to doing the same in the Bahamas, connecting our tourism market in the Bahamas to Cuba, Jamaica to Cuba. This is the center of the Caribbean,” he concluded.