Guyana Airways

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Guyana Airways
Boeing 707-323B, Guyana Airways AN0195072.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
GY GYA Guyair
Founded 1939 as British Guiana Airways
Ceased operations 2001
Hubs Cheddi Jagan International Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations 16
Headquarters Georgetown, Guyana

Guyana Airways was the national airline of Guyana from 1939 to 2001. During this period, it operated services to destinations throughout the Caribbean, the United States and Canada. It was declared insolvent in 2001.[1]

The airline had a fleet including Tupolevs and Boeings. At the time of the insolvency of the airline, the fleet consisted of Boeing 757s and 1 Airbus A.300B4-622R.


Grumman Goose of British Guiana Airways circa 1955. Piarco Airport, Trinidad.

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 an independent nation.[2] The airline leased all of its aircraft, which resulted in many different aircraft types being flown during the airline's existence. 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 also filed for insolvency.[3]


Guyana Airways operated the following aircraft types during its existence.[4]


  1. ^ Marshall, Svetlana (20 January 2016). "National airline still on the cards". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Noel, Melissa (27 May 2016). "Guyana Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Independence". NBC News. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "New air carrier expected by year end". Guyana Chronicle. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^, photos of Guyana Airways and Guyana Air 2000 aircraft

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