JoFMO, thats been the question on my mind for years. AA
actually had a an office in downtown Georgetown for many years. I know the buidling that it was located in was gutted by fire last year, so I'm not sure if they relocated or pulled out all together. The opening of the office was supposed to be followed by service by AA
several years ago, but nothing ever came out of it. I know for sometime, the international airport at Timehri was below FAA security requirements. There was also the issue that in the event of an emergency, the airport only had the capability of dealing with an aircraft the size of a Dash 8 due to the limited fire fighting capacity. However, I believe all of these issues were rectified many years ago, hence the current service offered by North American Airlines for the past 5 years.
If I would have to guess, I would say the almost daily service offered by BWIA from Miami was possibly the biggest deterrent. In addition, Guyana Airways and Guyana Air 2000 used to fly the route as welll so I'm guessing excessive competition was the driving force. In addition, whilst the Guyanese populations in New York and Toronto are concentrated in a fairly compact area, those in Florida are spread out from Orlando to Tampa, to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and even then, it does not come close to the Guyanese population in New York and Toronto in terms of numbers. As to why AA
never flew out of NYC, well once again, the key word is competition. Guyana only has a population of about 650,000 people, with about an equal number residing overseas, very limited tourists and business people, and 3 airlines operating almost daily between JFK
-GEO, so all in all, I would say oversaturation.