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.
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result for the column yesterday with the Wales win – the profit since last year’s World Cup now stands at 58.84 points.More Euro 2016 action on Saturday and the feature game at 5pm is Republic of Ireland v Scotland.Ireland come into this on the back of one of the dullest games ever – the 0-0 friendly against England – and need to claim all three points to really keep their hopes for the tournament proper alive.That might be hard against a Scottish side who are in good form themselves and are currently two points superior to the ROI in the competitive Group D. It certainly could get tactical given that Scotland just need to avoid defeat in order to stay in front of the ROI.Asked if he would accept a point Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said: “I can’t remember any manager telling me that this is the way you play for a draw. I don’t think I have tried it. Try to win and see what happens after that.”Robbie Keane is a big doubt for the game at the Aviva Stadium after a terrible work accident this week which saw the death of two of his cousins.Aiden McGeady is also doubtful after injury.Republic of Ireland v ScotlandUEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier5pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2014 Euro Championships Scotland 1-0 IrelandMay 2011 International Ireland 1-0 ScotlandFeb 2003 International Scotland 0-2 IrelandMay 2000 International Ireland 1-2 ScotlandFeb 1987 Euro Championships Scotland 0-1 IrelandOct 1986 Euro Championships Ireland 0-0 ScotlandSep 1969 International Ireland 1-1 ScotlandJun 1963 International Ireland 1-0 ScotlandMay 1961 World Cup Ireland 0-3 ScotlandMay 1961 World Cup Scotland 4-1 IrelandThe DRAW at 11/5 with Star Sports makes most appeal in a head to head that traditionally hasn’t produced many goals.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 5 points at around 11/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 58.84 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321