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LIAT is a regional Caribbean airline based at VC Bird International Airport, Antigua, with smaller bases in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. LIAT operates scheduled, charter and cargo island-island services to over 20 destinations across the Caribbean using Bombardier Dash 8 equipment. The airline is owned by seven Caribbean governments.
Location of LIAT main hub (Antigua VC Bird International Airport)
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REDjet’s failure to execute a low-cost model in the Caribbean reflects the long-standing realities of governments in the region refusing to fully liberalise to allow any meaningful competition in the market.
The Barbados-based carrier began 2012 with ambitious plans to add up to eight new destinations and end the year with 14 points in its network potentially spanning the Caribbean, northern South America and possibly central America.
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But REDjet’s ambitions to establish a true Pan-Caribbean airline vanished less than a year after its launch as the carrier claimed subsidised carriers undercut its fares, which REDjet during the lead-up to its May-2011 debut claimed were 65% lower than what rivals were charging.