Guyana Airways was the national airline of Guyana from 1939 to 2001. During this period, it operated services to destinations throughout the Caribbean, the U.S. and Canada. It was declared insolvent in 2001.
Guyana Airways was an important link for the Guyanese community. It provided a way into and out of the country. Company was founded by Art J Williams and Harry Wendt in 1939 as British Guiana Airways using Ireland flying boats. Although it was a private venture, the colonial government provided subsidies. In the 1940s Grumman Goose were operated. In July 1955 the colonial government bought BGA. At this time BWIA provided management assistance. In September 1963 the name was shortened to Guyana Airways. In May 1966 Guyana became independent nation. The airline leased all its aircraft, which is why many aircraft were used during the airline's operations. The airline was headquartered in Georgetown, Guyana. After the airline went bankrupt in 2001, its successor, Guyana Air 2000 maintained a short-lived operation until 2003, when it too, filed for insolvency.