10 reasons why Barbados Government should back REDjet
1. REDjet is a Barbadian company employing more Barbadians than any other airline.
2. The Government of Barbados promised to support REDjet without any restrictions which was the basis for the investment.
3. Intra-regional tourists are Barbados’ third most important tourist group REDjet is the only airline that can offer real growth in intra-regional tourist visitors and revenues.
4. REDjet is, as always stated, a regional jet airline looking to operate jet routes. Of the routes applied for in 3 cases REDjet is only looking to re-introduce non-stop JET services that were lost in recent times with the withdrawal of services from Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica. Therefore these routes have had and should had jet services on them.
5. REDjet can replace the tourists lost on these routes and reverse the impact of higher fares which resulted from a loss of competition. Two of these routes were stopped in the last 12 months and for 2011 the reduction in passengers has been dramatic and immediate: St. Maarten 28,000 passengers lost and Antigua 44,000 passengers lost.
6. New routes would enable REDjet to invest in 2 more aircraft for Barbados delivering 100 new direct jobs. The expanded service could deliver 1/2 million low fare seats for Barbados.
7. REDjet strategically is the only airline that can connect Barbados to the Caribbean, Latin America and North America.
8. REDjet is not a threat to LIAT. REDjet sees many ways both airlines can support each other by linking more markets, creating healthy competition and by making Barbados a larger regional airline hub.
9. Other countries need low fares and competition in their markets even more than Barbados and the Barbados Government should not deny them access to the service they benefit from.
10. REDjet is a consumer champion making it affordable for the first time for most Barbadian’s to travel – a right everyone should enjoy.