Calls to revoke REDjet’s licence to Trinidad
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 21, 2012 – There are possibilities that Barbados-based air carrier REDjet could lose its operating licence to Trinidad.
As airline officials remain locked in what is being described as sensitive discussions, Trinidad’s Minister of Transport, Mr. Devant Maharaj said the airline entered the twin-island state after a three month battle for approval.
He added that the airline should not take its air operation licence from Trinidad lightly, and suggested that now may be the time for the Civil Aviation Authority to revoke REDjet’s licence if it cannot garnish the respect it needs.
REDjet, which offered flights as low as $19.98, suspended all flights last Friday until further notice, minutes after selling new tickets, and leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. That news also came a day after the airline announced the addition of its new route to Antigua and Barbuda.
The airline officials are calling on the Barbadian government for close to $8 million in assistance, and to receive the same subsidies as other airlines.
But, Mr. Maharaj charged that governments could not continue to expose itself as a guarantor to private enterprises.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Antigua’s Tourism and Civil Aviation minister, John Maginley is willing to consider proposals put forward by the low-fare carrier.