United States-based American Airlines (AA) is now aiming to start its Georgetown-Miami route by mid-November – one month earlier than planned.Earlier in the year, the Fort Worth Texas-based carrier had announced it was to start offering seats on the route from December 20, 2018, with tickets going on sale from April 2. That was before any permission had actually been sought by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).However, on Tuesday, Director General of the GCAA, retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field told the media that AA has since submitted the relevant documents to the Authority and plans are moving apace for flights to commence by mid-November.“We are happy to have them (American Airlines) onboard but the professional standard the Authority stands on is that it must be informed and advised before declarations are made or before tickets are sold. Notwithstanding that I had a discussion with the chief of the international agency or department and he did apologise and now we are moving ahead,” Field is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.American Airline’s arrival comes at a very opportune moment as the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has just recorded in the first quarter of 2018 its highest passenger movement ever. “I know that CJIA is going to be happy that there is an entity helping with the uplift out of Timehri. As reported we’ve already seen an increase in passenger transport over the last couple months when compared to last year.”According to Field, the carrier has indicated it is here for the long-term and will first ply the Georgetown-Miami route before possibly extending to other destinations. The airline will use an Airbus 319 with capacity for 120 passengers to fly to Guyana from Miami four times per week departing from Miami at 18:00h and arriving in Georgetown at 22:40h. The return flight will depart at 01:15 h and arrive at 04:55h.American Airlines offers an average of nearly 6700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.
Franz Beckenbauer FIFA’s ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against six individuals, including former World Cup winning coach and player Franz Beckenbauer, over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.Also among the six is Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Federation (DFB).The others are another former DFB president Theo Zwanziger, Helmut Sandrock and Horst R. Schmidt, who are both former secretary generals of the federation, and its former chief financial officer Stefan Hans.Beckenbauer, 70, is a former DFB vice-president and was president of the 2006 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), which all the other five men were also members of.A statement from the ethics committee on Tuesday said: “After examining the Freshfields report commissioned by the German Football Association, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has decided to open formal proceedings against the following individuals in the context of the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and its associated funding.”It then listed the six names, before adding: “In the cases of Mr Beckenbauer, Dr Zwanziger, Mr Schmidt and Mr Hans, the investigatory chamber will investigate possible undue payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and the associated funding, which could constitute a breach of arts 13, 15, 18 and 19 as well as art 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.“In the cases of Messrs Niersbach and Sandrock, the investigatory chamber will investigate a possible failure to report a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics, which could constitute a breach of art 13 (General rules of conduct), art 15 (Loyalty), art 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperating and reporting) and art 19 (Conflicts of interest) of the FCE.“The list of possible violations may be supplemented as additional information becomes available.”It also said the chairman of the investigatory chamber, Dr Cornel Borbely, will lead the investigation proceedings. 1