Houston, Texas. Photo by Trace Hudson from Pexels
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Come March 8th, travellers will have another option to fly to Houston, Texas, as Caribbean Airlines expands its route network. The airline will operate twice-weekly flights to Houston, Texas—flights on Tuesdays are nonstop from Port of Spain (POS), while flights go via Guyana on Wednesdays.

While there has been no official announcement from the airline, tickets already are available for booking on caribbean-airlines.com, with prices starting at US$345 one way. Houston is Caribbean Airlines’ fifth US destination and flights will be operated by the airline’s brand new 737-8 aircraft.

Caribbean Airlines will be hoping to tap into Guyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector by shuttling workers back and forth. Several major energy companies have headquarters in Houston including BP, Shell, and ExxonMobil.

Flights to Houston are already on sale on the Caribbean Airlines website. Photo courtesy Caribbean Airlines

According to the website, nonstop flights from Trinidad leave on Tuesdays at 1:05 am and arrive at 5:20 am—this will adjust to 6:20 when daylight saving time begins on March 13th—at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The total journey time is 6 hours and 15 minutes. Nonstop flights out of IAH leave on Thursdays at 1:35 pm, arriving just under 6 hours later at 9:15 pm.

Direct flights go via Guyana and leave Trinidad on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm, with BW702 arriving in Georgetown at 4:40 pm for a brief stop to pick up passengers. The aircraft then heads north to Texas, arriving in Houston at 10:35pm. Travellers do have the option to leave at 2:15 pm instead on BW526; however, they will be required to change aircraft in Guyana as BW526 continues on to New York’s JFK International Airport.

Direct flights back to POS via Guyana leave on Wednesdays with BW701 leaving IAH at 8:20pm, arriving in Georgetown at 4:35 am and then continuing on to POS arriving at 7:00am.

A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-8 jet on final approach at GEO. Photo: Rawlston West/Caribbean Airlines

The local carrier was granted approval by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) back in 2020 to operate flights to Houston.  However, the pandemic and closure of T&T’s borders forced the airline to suspend expansion plans.

United Airlines currently operates four weekly nonstop flights to Piarco International Airport but none to Guyana.