REDjet Update: Political problems with Trinidad and Jamaica

“A few weeks ago we at Barbados Free Press criticized REDjet for launching without having all the paperwork in place with Trinidad and Tobago.

We take it all back.”

Caribbean Airlines files complaints with Jamaica and T&T

REDjet: “Political delays beyond our control”

The launch of any new business is a formidable task, but when you’re talking launching a new airline into a politically charged world of protected competitors… now you’re talking trouble!

And so it is with REDjet as the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago seem to be doing everything they can to block the new upstart from Barbados.

A few weeks ago we at Barbados Free Press criticized REDjet for launching without having all the paperwork in place with Trinidad and Tobago.

We take it all back.

We take it back because we now see what the game was and is: to keep REDjet waiting forever until they give up. That’s what the governments of T&T and Jamaica would like to see happen and they are working hard to protect other airlines from those Bajan upstarts.

We’re guessing but it looks to us that after being blocked for over a year in various attempts to move forward, the REDjet team came to the conclusion that the issue had to go before the public. REDjet had to launch to force its way into the market or else they would never launch.

We’re behind REDjet 100% because the simple truth is this: if REDjet fails, the big losers will be the ordinary people of the Caribbean who, for the first time, will be able to fly to other islands without having to sell their first born children.

Further Reading

Barbados Today: REDjet still awaits T&T green light

Caribbean 360: REDjet says CAL protection blocking Jamaica flights

Go-Jamaica: JCAA tight-lipped about Redjet’s delay


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Jamaica, Politics, Trinidad and Tobago

14 responses to “REDjet Update: Political problems with Trinidad and Jamaica

  1. Facebook Status & Re-Tweet: The Barbados Government needs to Block Caribbean Airlines from Barbados immediately, let them suffer the cancellations that REDjet has/have to endure at their hands. Time to play Hardball!

  2. Colin L Beadon

    Well I hearing now Redjet is flying, but the ticket price has been radically raised.
    Who didn’t think that was bound to happen, and that island politics was not going to make sure ?

    Inter-island integration,….. what a big joke, as big a joke as the dream of inter island ferries.

  3. WTO & United Nations must force the Caribbean to not only adopt but implement and enforce Conflict of Interest legislation immediately as criteria for Developed Nation status, and then the Port of Spain & J’ca blockades of REDjet will end – TT has CAL and Kingston with Air Jam/CAL, while B’dos, SLU, SVG & Antigua have shares in LIAT yet their people, not their Gov’ts, want cheaper travel – unless they’re cooperative like GY then VOTE them out, NOW!

  4. henerygeorge

    All this caricom and carifta is a joke both trinadad and jamaica are selfish the want too tell bajans what to do because there bigger than us and this goes back from the west indian federation these are the same two countries that broke it up so you what there air lines should not be allowed to fly in to barbados the last one made a lot of noise a few weeks ago because we dont want there crime drugs or whores in barbados to traffic yet there prime minister was involve with the biggest drug dealer who the us has lock up now yet they dont want to talk about that bajans open your eyes barbados for bajans to hell who dont want us .

  5. BGI

    I mean, it was so obvious, even a blind man could see this was going to happen… and we still have to see if/when the rest of the public will ever get to see the details of the “sell out” of Air Jamaica to Trinidad, and the reasons that Trinidad has delayed the signing of the agreement, after the stipulated 1 year integration period.

  6. Tall

    St. Lucia is not a shareholder in LIAT misreporter Bourne. St. Lucia and a minister Chastenet try their hardest to undermine LIAT. A stoppage of travel by LIAT to St.Lucia would quickly bring the ungrateful bunch to their senses

  7. J. Payne

    @BFP. (Quote) The launch of any new business is a formidable task, but when you’re talking launching a new airline into a politically charged world of protected competitors… now you’re talking trouble! (End quote)

    Keep in mind, this whole REDjet thing puts Jamaican in a tough place. According to what was in the Barbados Today, Rj was denied a license to operate from Jamaica as their home base of operations. Instead it went to Barbados and the same article I believe went on to say if Barbados didn’t work out they were also looking at St. Lucia. Anyway, look at how this looks. Rj applies to operate in Jamaica and is denied, and then they shift to Barbados and come back to Jamaica via Barbados. Would that not look odd overall if Jamaica suddenly allowed them to operate?

  8. Adrian Loveridge

    I would like to add my two cents worth if I may.
    It is clear that the heady concepts of Caribbean unity and marketing the region as one are really just illusional pipe dreams. Ultimately, it seems each country is looking after its own interests. CAL wouldn’t be in the position it is without massive fuel subsidies, LIAT would have failed years ago if again it hadn’t been for huge taxpaper support. Even now it defies commercial logic with the number of employees and the location of its operating base.
    Maybe its time for REDjet to review its planned destinations. Montego Bay instead of Kingston, St. Maarten to break the near CAL monopoly and perhaps to look south to Aruba (low fuel costs) or Curacao. Of course San Juan would have been an obvious one if we had secured Category One.
    I also think there is some way they could work with the cruise ships to open up the home porting possibilities for not just Barbados but other
    emerging ports. If they havn’t already done so, they should also be speaking with St. Lucia.
    When the new SVG Argyle airport finally opens, things are going to change
    and the St. Vincent Government are going to have to at least attempt to justify the airport investment costs and more than one million stated annual handling capacity.
    I am also really suprised that with an veteran aviation expert on the BTA payroll that REDjet have found themselves in this predicament.

  9. REDjetters tune in to i95.5FM in Trinidad at 9:30am and listen to Ian and Robbie Burns on the Tony and Dale Morning Show. They will discuss REDjet’s latest snags and provide the latest consumer updates!

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  11. Mr. Bean

    Interesting comments from Reginald Dumas in todays Trinidad Express,

    The sad fact is that a Caricom member , Barbados, ignored the Caricom Air Services agreement by allowing a foreign majority owned entity licence to operate within the Caricom region. Then after it breached the agreement want’s to use the same agreement to beat Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago with. The truth is the Barbados government took an age to licence Redjet and now that they have it , Redjet expects the other governments to just fall in line. Barbados is not the capital of Caricom and if Redjet took the time to read the Caricom Air Services Agreement properly they would notice that just because one member country gave approval it does not guarantee automatic recroprical approval by other Caricom member governments whose Civil Aviation Authorities have to go through the same checks and balances that the Barbados authority took so long to go through. If Redjet thought otherwise they were misinformed.

  12. J. Payne

    Well said Mr. Bean. I can only guess maybe REDjet believed that CARICOM was a supranational body with real powers? Ha ha. As I said on another media outlet, If you looked at the map which was on RedJet’s site (they’ve taken it down — ) Rj actually has three bases of operations despite their rhetoric. Their administrative HQ is indeed in Barbados, however an overview of what they planned to do was:

    Barbados would have three direct routes:
    -Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad (& Tobago)

    Jamaica would have two direct routes:
    – Barbados, Trinidad (& Tobago)

    Trinidad (& Tobago) would have two routes:
    -Barbados, Jamaica

    and Guyana (currently) has a single route.
    Barbados isn’t really all that much of a “hub” as they claim. There’s not much different between their “hub” and what they’re doing in Jamaica or Trinidad {& Tobago). The only *real* difference is Barbados has an additional Guyana route over the other two. I believe RJ should have applied for necc. approval in all three under the planned flight structure. It is not that Rj only plans to land in Trinidad and fly back out. No, they actually plan to leave Trinidad (& Tobago) and fly to a next third state Jamaica direct. So of course they need to be approved to fly and operate from Trinidad (& Tobago) to Jamaica.

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