The idea of covering elections in another island at the cost of say fifty Barbadian dollars is very appealing to this Web Magazine, as the newest carrier REDjet, announced that its fares would start at US $9.99, before tax – the next thing is to see what taxation Barbados and other islands impose. REDjet is still awaiting final approval from the Ministry of Foreign Trade, while their MD-82 aircraft are currently being refurbished & retrofitted in Costa Rica.

After a slew of strict training and testing ensuring they're qualified, REDjet staff blow off steam at the LESC, Two Mile Hill

The company, which aims to be the region’s Low Fare airline, held a press briefing recently at the ex-Sherbourne Centre.  In his opening address, Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy, congratulated the cofounders, Ian and Robbie Burns, for their entrepreneurial spirit. {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

He added that choosing Barbados “represents a tremendous vote of confidence in the Barbadian economy and the buoyancy in the economy.”

Minister Sealy agreed that the airline would play an important part in the Caribbean. {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

He said: “Travel within the region is especially important for Barbados [as it represents] the fastest growing source market.”

L to R - Robbie Burns, Business Development, REDjet; B'dos Tourism Minister - Richard Sealy; Ian Burns - Airone Ventures Chairman & Juleika Horton - Human Resources, REDjet

The Tourism Minister further noted that with intraregional travel experiencing a decline in recent times, the arrival of a low-cost airline was opportune and he looked forward to seeing growth within the Caribbean market once again.

An old song once asked 'How low can you go?' well according to Robbie Burns so low you can dance to Li'l Rick's "G'Dung" since fares start from about $20 Bds

The final step for REDjet, will be the acquisition of a license from the Barbados Civil Aviation Department. The airline boasts a staff of 64 persons – two thirds from Barbados – and it hopes to establish bases throughout the Caribbean and Latin America in the coming years.

Sales & Promotions Manager Alicia Lynch commenting after the hilarious Carol Burnett comedy skit used as an opening gambit for the launch of the Airone Ventures subsidiary

Sales Manager Alicia Lynch says customers will only pay for the services they desire {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

These include seat selection through priority boarding and food and beverage. The low-fares airline will see non-stop flights and all economy seating.

{PARTIAL DATA COURTESY: BGIS (audio & photos – BR)}

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