REDjet to introduce Jamaica airline
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday September 28, 2011 - Chief Executive Officer Ian Burns has disclosed plans to expand REDjet’s operations by starting a “Jamaican airline.”
He is quoted in the Jamaica Observer as stating that REDjet hopes to receive approval from the Jamaica government in 2012.
"We had our difficulty before because of the divestment of Air Jamaica,” Burns noted.
“Air Jamaica is no longer around and so we believe those barriers have been taken down and we should be approved, hopefully sometime next year, and we can start operations out of Jamaica. That should bring somewhere in the region of six to seven hundred jobs to Jamaica."
Air Jamaica was sold to the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines in May, leaving the Jamaica government with a 16 percent stake.
The CEO said the proposed airline will trade as REDjet, though it will be majority-owned by Jamaicans.
"All our cabin crew, pilots, all our engineers, flight dispatch officers, all our ground handling services, all those services will be provided from Jamaica, by Jamaicans. Our plan will be to build our fleet here, specifically in Jamaica, from five to 10 aircraft. That will be built on a solid business foundation and we will grow as the demand is there for our service," he added.
The Barbados-based low-cost carrier will begin serving six destinations in late November.