Fallout over airlineOne day after the Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field came out saying that the Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) never filed an application with the Authority to operate in Guyana, the airline has lashed back saying that the GCAA is doing nothing but trying to create discourse and is being vindictive in its ways.Guyana Airways CEO Collin AbramsIn response to the statements made by Field, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline, Collin Abrams during a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Monday morning said the GCAA is being vindictive, especially since the airline recently won a court order against the Government and because the Director happens to be affiliated with Fly Jamaica.“For him to say that, it’s vindictive and I don’t know why he’s got this smear campaign against Guyana Airways,” Abrams argued.According to the airline’s CEO, GAC met with the Civil Aviation Authority back in March 19, 2018, and the two were locked in discussions concerning the operations of the airline.However, it was five months after the initial talks that the airline was greeted with a court order, which documented that the name of the airline had been removed from the registry; it also ordered a resubmission of documents for the proposed operations.“We filed a pre-application…then we filed a PASI (Pre-application Statement of Intent) -that’s the pre-application stage and after you filed that…we were supposed to file the actual AOC (Air Operator Certificate) application, but we could not have filed the application until we had everything in place (such as) contracts for the aircraft, ground handling, hire contracts, every single thing had to be in place before you could submit the AOC application,” Abrams explained.He went on to say that the airline was hoping to resume its application from where it left off. “Five months later when we were in the midst of our process they (GCAA) interjected themselves, telling us, in a legal matter, that they stopped the entire process,” Abrams recalled.GCAA Director Egbert FieldNonetheless the CEO said that GAC will be hand-delivering that court order, where they won the case against the Government for the use of the airline’s name, to resume the process.On Saturday Field said the airline never filed an application to operate in Guyana.Although it has been in the air that the proprietor of the airline had submitted his application for operations, the director noted, “They’ll have to submit an application. They never did submit an application before and I want to make it pretty clear.”According to him, Guyana Airways filed an ‘intent of operations’ on the work they intended to pursue. Guyana Airways was hoping to begin operations in February 2019 as was related by its CEO.His dream may once again be postponed as this may not be possible since it takes at least 12 or 13 months before an airline’s application is approved due to the processing requirements.This period, Field said, is “absolutely important” as officials would use this phase to ensure that all aspects of the operation are covered such as training for staffers, evaluation of personnel and the documentation of the airline, essentially the operations manual, flight attendant manual, weight and balance manual, maintenance manual and several others, to outline the procedures for the specific section.Government had taken the private airline to court this year for using the name which was used by two other companies which no longer exist.The inconvenienced businessman explained during a previous interview, “Two years after we’ve been registered and putting all this together and spending all this money, they just snuffed the life out of us without a hearing, without anything. We just had a marshal show up at our secretary’s home and that’s it, so they kinda murdered us.”According to him, 110 flight attendants have already been hired for the two airlines which will soon provide flights to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad for now and will extend its services to the United States of America when Guyana becomes authorised to do so.
ShareTweet “Food tourism is an important contributor to the North West economy and event such as the Legenderry Food Festival provide an opportunity for our restaurants and producers to showcase their food and reach out to new audiences. It’s a fantastic experience for all ages and I would really encourage people to come along and support it.”Head of Culture with Derry city and Strabane District Council, Aeidin McCarter, said the Legenderry Food Festival would be a major highlight of the St Patrick’s festivities taking place throughout the City and District.“What’s great about the Spring Carnival is that the programme features something for everyone and the Legenderry Food Festival is a great draw for visitors.“We are beginning to reap the rewards of successful events such as this with accolades including our Destination Delicious title in the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards last year. It’s fantastic to see the flair and imagination of our local chefs and artisan producers getting the recognition it deserves.”There will be plenty of opportunity to sample some of the very best local food from hot off the pass restaurant favourites, to fresh ingredients to create your own culinary masterpiece.Or indulge in a cornucopia of take home treats with an amazing array of artisan produce, from cheeses to confectionary, beef to bakery on offer.And there’s loads on the menu for younger food fans too with family fun activities including musical performances, street theatre and LegenDerry themed activities. Get messy at the cupcake and jam tart decorating workshops, and join the singing chefs and tray-spinning waiters for some kitchen craic.The Legenderry Food Festival will take place on Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March, 12noon – 6pm in the Guildhall Square. Organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the programme is supported by Tourism NI and DAERA’s NI Regional Food Programme.For more info go to www.derrystrabane.com/foodLEGENDERRY FOOD FESTIVAL TOP OF THE SPRING CARNIVAL MENU was last modified: February 16th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: They will be rustling up their very own signature dishes adding some contemporary flourishes to the very best locally sourced ingredients.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, said he was looking forward to another celebration of local fayre.“We really are establishing our place on the food map, and this event is growing from strength to strength every year,” he declared.“Its success is a tribute to the passionate and talented people driving our local food industry and is evidence of the growing appetite for local and responsibly sourced ingredients. LEGENDERRY FOOD FESTIVAL TOP OF THE SPRING CARNIVAL MENUMAYOR MAOLIOSA MCHUGHST PATRICK’S SPRING CARNIVALTHEATRE OF FOOD The Mayor Councillor Councillor Maolíosa McHugh serves up some local produce to Ciaran BreslIn from Primrose and Aeidin McCarter, Head of Culture with Derry City and Strabane District Council at the launch of teh LegenDerry Food Festival which is taking place on Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th March in Guildhall Square. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 14.02.18DERRY’S most delicious event – the Legenderry Food Festival – is back this year March 17-18 for two mouth-watering days of street food, kitchen theatre, and tasty treats as part of the St Patrick’s Spring Carnival programme.Voted ‘Best NI Food Event’ at the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards, the Festival has now firmly established itself as the annual highlight in the local foodie calendar and this year welcomes to the table some of the top names in Irish Cuisine.Family TV favourite Rachel Allen will be joined in the massive marquee in Guildhall Square by acclaimed local chefs Brian McDermott and Emmett McCourt, who will be sharing some of their kitchen secrets.Also taking to the stage in the Theatre of Food will be some of the District’s finest culinary talents from a host of local restaurants.