Tuesday, March 20, 2012

REDjet in ongoing discussions for resumption of its operations

REDjet, the Caribbean’s low-fare airline, on Monday said flights remain suspended, but staffers continue to work around the clock to maintain the integrity of its business and to ensure a smooth and efficient transition when service resumes.
In a release, the airline that suspended its operation on Saturday confirms that there continues to be discussions designed to resolve the current temporary suspension of flights. REDjet said that the current service suspension is in no way related to aircraft, employees, and/or its business model. REDjet CEO Ian Burns “REDjet has made arrangements with fellow regional carrier LIAT for the provision of discounted fares for affected passengers. Persons wishing to do so may contact the LIAT Call Centre at (268) 480-5601/ (268) 480-5602 to make bookings by quoting their REDjet booking reference/confirmation number in order to be entitled to purchase a new ticket at a special fare.”
REDjet said too that it will honour its commitment to keep passengers abreast of the status of flights, and encouraged persons to call its call centre and/or visit its website for information.
REDjet announced on Friday that it was suspending all flights, blaming the decision on unfair competition and subsidised airlines in the region. In a statement, its chief executive officer, Ian Burns thanked shareholders, staff, passengers and supporters for enabling the airline to achieve the “tremendous feat of breaking the high fare experience of many Caribbean passengers, while increasing regional travel numbers for the first time in decades”.
“Our aircraft and our dedicated staff are performing extremely well, and we are willing and able to continue to provide affordable transport across the Caribbean and beyond, but we cannot.”
According to him, unlike the heavily subsidised airlines that serve the region, REDjet does not receive any assistance, but was hopeful that the carrier will be given a small part of the state assistance others receive. “Once this happens, our shareholders and staff will do their utmost to see that there is no return to high fares and business as usual,” Burns said.
He added that the airline has seen other carriers drastically cut their fares in an effort to shut down REDjet. “Unlike us, they do not have to be profitable to stay in business.” He said in spite of their subsidised efforts, passenger numbers have continued to rise because patrons enjoy the excellent service delivered at affordable prices.
REDjet prides itself as the Caribbean’s only low-fare airline and offers fares that are, on average, 60 per cent lower than those offered by other carriers on nine routes currently in the Caribbean. The airline operates three aircraft in the MD-80 series, enabling the airline to launch even more low-fare routes across the region. REDjet is privately owned and is based at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados. It has quickly become a popular airline for consumers offering excellent customer service and operating an all-jet, all non-stop travel for consumers.

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