The REDjet flap…
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. Caribbean Air Lines 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 taxpayer 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 haven’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 surprised that with an veteran aviation expert on the BTA payroll that REDjet have found themselves in this predicament.
Submitted as a comment on BFP’s article REDjet Update: Political problems with Trinidad and Jamaica