gunnerman wrote:caribny wrote:gunnerman wrote:Both of Guyana's international airports were mostly closed for a 2-week period from 19 March to 1 April with only local flights, cargo flights, MedEvac flights, technical refuelling stops and special authorised flights being permitted. I saw no point in a short closure to keep out international passengers with no exit strategy and predicted an extension, and it's happened as the Guyana CAA has extended the closure to 1 May.
Dont know why you think that small countries, with no global clout, can have an exit strategy.
Here is the exit strategy. New York state declaring that the Covid 19 pandemic is over so that these countries can be assured that a disease isnt going to arrive from that source to sicken their impoverished nations. Please look at what is happening in NYC and ask yourself how Guyana would cope if a pandemic reached their shores.
Jamaica listed the flights which brought Covid 19 to the island. One BA flight from LGW and a bunch of B6 flights from JFK. BW brought in some Corvid into GEO from JFK. B6 brought it from JFK to BGI.
When B6 and BW stop bringing viruses from NYC then these nations can exit their border closings. And if TT didn't close their borders its likely that BW crews would have insisted upon it, given that at least 13 had to be quarantined.
GEO will be closed until the end of May. If NYC hasn't solved its problems it will continue to be closed except for cargo and special flights.
Dont know why you think that locking down a country without an exit strategy makes any sort of sense. You really don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that if you carry out something really serious (like lockdown or invasion of a country) that it's essential to have an exit strategy. Just four days ago the Antigua and Barbuda PM Gaston Browne wrote to the World Bank asking for supension of debt payments and debt write-offs due to the devastating effect on the tourism industry caused by the withdrawal of flights and cruises, leading to "very high unemployment, and an increase in poverty levels that, inevitably, will spur more and varied crime - drug trafficking, proably becoming rampant". He's absolutely right, of course, but it does not seem to have occurred to him that he and the other Caribbean leaders have contributed to this horrrendous prospect by locking down their countries. They have completely crippled LIAT as it is no longer allowed to fly anywhere, the very airline which they know well is crucial to the well-being of so many countries.
So, were LIAT to ask their shareholder governments when and how the lockdowns will be removed, as important decisions need to be made on matters such as how long will operations be suspended for and the number of aircraft and crews to be made ready for flying, there will be no answer as the governments haven't a clue. This is no way to run an airline (not LIAT's fault) or a country.
If anything, regional governments can be blamed for not locking off early enough. Of course they should have a strategy for containing and eliminating the virus within their borders so that the domestic economy can be re-opened, and once a level of comfort exists we could re-open borders within the region, but no one should be opening their borders to places like Canada, Europe, or the United States until (A) we can roll our rapid and accurate testing for all passengers before they board, or (B) other states have contained and eliminated it within their own populations.
The economic toll is large, and government will have to support populations for perhaps a couple of years, but it is also an opportunity for us to reset some economic parameters... which in reality we should have done a long time ago but which small-mindedness has prevented. That is the exit strategy.