Trinidad says – 15th May and no later for REDjet flights, Guyana ready for Barbados flight 10th May
Here is a direct quote from REDjet’s CEO Ian Burns earlier today;-
Firstly we like to announce that REDjet is to be given the green light to operate our services to Trinidad however this was not able to be facilitated for Sunday 8th May. We are advised by the Minister that he is confident that it can be processed next week for flights start from 15th May.
REDjet had a meeting earlier this morning with Trinidad’s Minister of Works and Transport and officials from their Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority. Our meeting was extremely productive and we are grateful for the Minister’s intervention to bring a speedy resolution to REDjet’s application.
After the meeting the Minister held a press conference and announced that he welcomed competition and REDjet and that he was disappointed that passengers wishing to travel next week would be inconvenienced but would have to wait a further 7 days.
Since December REDjet has submitted the requested documentation and applications to the authorities of Trinidad and Tobago as it was confirmed by officials from the Civil Aviation Authority in the meeting today that REDjet has complied with all of the requirements to operate into Trinidad.
We are obviously extremely disappointed that 14 of our flights are affected by the decision and that consumers will be affected but are extremely pleased to receive the positive response from the Minister.
Passengers on flights affected will be offered re-accommodation on later flights and a voucher for future travel on REDjet. Details of this are been e-mailed to passengers, posted on our website and available through our call centre.
All over services that are scheduled and not affected and our first scheduled flight is to take place on 10th May between Guyana and Barbados. Obviously Trinidad is an important market and we are disappointed that our first flight will not take place at Piarco however we pleased to have met the Minister and that he has been able to bring clarity and closure to the situation.
REDjet is the Caribbean’s first Low Fares Airline and our priority is to consumers. The introduction of REDjet has already benefitted thousands of passengers who not only have booked on REDjet’s flights, but are seeing lower fares on our routes from other airlines too. Within 2 weeks we have seen the cost of travel fall by over 50% into Trinidad on these routes which is excellent news for consumers and proves that competition always benefits the consumer. As we have stated significantly and we see this as just the start of things to come and look forward to operating in Trinidad to destinations across the region commencing from the 15th May.
To date the response by consumers to REDjet has exceeded all of our expectations, bookings have been extremely strong and the feedback from passengers to our low fares has been incredible.
We will continue to fight to bring our low fares to more consumers and continue the battle against high fares.