Surinam Airways flights to Orlando to resume in December
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- From all indications in Paramaribo and monitoring its online booking site, Surinam Airways (SLM) will end its trial run to Orlando, Florida, from Paramaribo via Georgetown, Guyana, on October 1, and recommence service on that route in December.
SLM initiated the route as a trial run to ascertain the market and plan future expansion if its profitable. The state-owned company is under renewed pressure to end heavy financial loses.
The government of Suriname last week appointed Andy Rusland minister of transportation, communication and tourism. Following that move, Faizal Baarn will now head Suriname’s civil aviation department.
The Orlando weekly flights will resume in December during the high season, according to SLM officials.
In a related development, SLM will continue to use an Airbus 340 on the transatlantic route. The four engine aircraft is a gas guzzler but SLM believes that, with the fall of jet fuel, it’s the financial choice they have to make for now. They had contemplated the Boeing 787, 777 or 767 and Airbus 330. However, some of these aircraft are scarce while some are very costly to operate. As well, SLM may not be willing to undertake the arduous paperwork to ply a twin engine aircraft on the transatlantic route.
SLM has contemplated flying from Paramaribo via Georgetown to New York, where a large Guyanese community exists. However, the carrier does not have an aircraft in its fleet to operate this route. The market is there, nonetheless. There are estimated to be more than 150,000 Guyanese in New York City, not including those born to Guyanese parents in NYC.