Guy America pretty much filled the void left after Pan Am pulled out of Georgetown back in the early 80's. Service didn't last very long as was the case with most charter carriers on the JFK
-GEO route (i.e. Leisure Air, Star Air, Caribe, Arrow Air, Rich International etc).
As for North American and Universal, I flew out of GEO yesterday on NA
and the flight was pretty full considering this was off peak. Tried to get on the Saturday flight but that was sold out. NA
's 757 service is doing quite well although it is hard to maintain during the summer, christmas and weekends when most Guyanese tend to travel, the problem here being the high baggage load, short runway and excessive heat which results in payload restrictions. During these times, it is not uncommon to see the B767 on the route. As for Universal, I heard they are having a hard time filling up the 767 during the offpeak periods. During the week, load is limited to about 150 pax per flight, about 200 on weekends, so you can see its not feasible to operate such a large aircraft yearround. I only hope they are making up revenue when they stop in POS
and St. Kitts. BeeWee seems to be doing quite well, although they also face the same baggage problems as NA
due to the lack of baggage space on the B737-800. JFK
-GEO is a huge market, seeing as they're about 250,000 Guyanese residing in the New York area alone, about 500,000 in the United States total, thats almost as much people as they're are in Guyana. AA
was supposed to start GEO but that never materialized. Hope this helps!