Stranded Cubans return home
…aircraft’s mechanical issues resolvedA number of Cubans who were stranded in Guyana over the past three days have started returning home as a mechanical issue affecting their Aruba Air aircraft has been resolved.Reports are the delays were as a result of the mechanical defect arising from the engine of the Aruba Air aircraft being hit by birds Sunday.“Aruba Air’s top priority is safety. The mechanical issue took a bit longer to rectify than initially anticipated and the aircraft is now back in service. Additionally, a second aircraft is being diverted to the Guyana route to effectively deal with the backlog of passengers,” said Captain Gerry Gouveia, Chief Executive Officer of Roraima Airways, the local representative of Aruba Air.Gouveia explained that a standard operating arrangement was in place for delayed Aruba Air passengers to be accommodated at Roraima’s Residence Inn, but owing to the extended delay additional accommodation had to be secured. This additional accommodation came in the form of Roraima Airways Residence Inn and Duke Lodge Hotels as well as the Diocesan Youth Centre in Subryanville and the YWCA on Brickdam. He said that the affected passengers were provided with daily meals.“Aruba Air had expected to have the Guyana flight operational on Monday, but the mechanical issue was not rectified by that time as was anticipated. This resulted in the need for additional accommodation at short notice and arrangements were immediately put in place to have them comfortably accommodated in groups so that they could interact among themselves and at the same time be communicated with together and updated on departure information,” Gouveia explained.