REDjet has responded to statements made by Trinidad and Tobago Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner claiming he did not know how the start-up carrier obtained its approvals to operate in T&T, by stating the carrier does in fact have approval (guardian.co.tt/Caribbean360, 20-Apr-2011). REDjet assured travellers, some of whom had already booked tickets out of and into T&T, that it will be able to operate come 08-May-2011 when the first service is scheduled.
REDjet: “Good morning REDjetters, we have the required regulatory approval from the Air Transport Licencing Authority of Barbados under the Air Services Agreement between Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados to conduct current commercial activities.” REDjet. Source: Company Statement, 20-Apr-2011.
Mr Warner maintains the carrier did not get consent from Civil Aviation to operate and that he and the prime minister know nothing about it. Mr Warner also expressed concerns over the carrier’s fares, which started from USD9.99 one-way. “Something has to be wrong,” stated Mr Warner. REDjet also plans to offer budget services to the US however as of 12-Apr-2011 the FAA stated Barbados does not meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation to operate services to and from the US. Any Barbados-based carrier that does not already serve the US will not be able to establish a route. Mr Warner plans to look into this as well.