REDjet: New Carrier in the Eastern Caribbean

Caribbean 360 reports that REDjet, the newest low cost air carrier in the English-speaking Caribbean (and based in Barbados), will start flying from early next month. According to chief executive officer Ian Burns, tickets will go on sale starting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, and the first flights will launch on May 8. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Redjet chief executive officer Ian Burns [. . .] revealed that [. . .] destinations in this initial stage will be between its home-base Barbados and Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad.

In a message to Redjet website subscribers, Burns stated: “We know that so many you have all been eagerly awaiting our launch and the feedback has been massive. We promised not to disappoint and not only are we launching with fares from US$9.99 one-way excluding Government Taxes and Charges, but we are also launching 250,000 seats for US$49.99 or under!”

“This truly will be a REDvolution as we aim to lower fares even further and open more routes across the region. Join us on our mission to end high fares so that everyone can fly! Get online on Wednesday and get your hands on the lowest fares ever seen in the Caribbean and let’s turn the Skies RED!” he further enthused. This announcement comes almost a month after Redjet and regulators exchanged views in the Barbados media over what was the hold-up for the granting of an air operating certificate for the four-year-old carrier. 

When questioned in early March about the start-up of the low-cost carrier, Gabrielle Springer, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Business and International Transport, said: “We have to comply with international standards and go through all the relevant processes. If we don’t comply, we would hear from the tourism sector and the general populace that we did not ensure that the particular carrier was safe and secure to carry our local people and visitors throughout the region.” 

She added that “if we don’t ensure we have done all of this and go through this process, Barbados will be in jeopardy. The regulations for airlines in Barbados are clear in the Civil Aviation Act, similar to the Barbados Tourism Authority act which outlines the standards that should be in place for all classes of accommodation. There are similar standards in the air transport sector.” 

[. . .] REDjet was founded in 2006 by Burns’ father Robbie with the intention of becoming the Caribbean’s first low fares airline in the mould of the Irish Ryanair or US Jet Blue. However the carrier, which is registered as Airone Ventures, has had a rough start to the enterprise after initial attempts to set-up in Jamaica ran aground despite having spent US$1 million on the start-up process in Jamaica. Speculation at the time was that authorities were reluctant to allow the airline to register in Jamaica, putting it in direct competition with the state-owned Air Jamaica. 

For full article, see http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/barbados_news/332724.html?utm_source=Caribbean360+Newsletters&utm_campaign=6c93a4ec73-Vol_6_Issue_042_News4_11_2011&utm_medium=email#axzz1JGwqVa8R

For REDjet site, go to http://www.flyredjet.com/

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