REDjet and the silence of Caribbean Airways Ltd.


Merger of REDjet and Caribbean Airways Ltd. a viable solution!

by Leonard St. Hill

A mysterious silence surrounds the existence of Caribbean Airways Ltd. as the national airline of Barbados duly licensed but without planes to perform its function, while REDjet an airline duly incorporated in Barbados with planes to operate a national service is a first denied and delayed a licence to do so, and then deprived of financial support to complete the deficiency of Caribbean Airways Ltd. by merger or other lawful means to avert bankruptcy proceedings.

Receivership should not be regarded as inevitable liquidation proceedings; it should be for REDjet an opportunity for creative redemption where imagination is not lacking.

By a merger between Caribbean Airways Ltd. and REDjet as the national airline of Barbados with operating capital secured by diverting subsidies from foreign airlines now paid for airlift to Barbados hotels, the viability of the combination should be assured.

There can be no net loss attributable to the operation of a national airline of a country whose economy is almost totally dependent on tourism for its viability and whose owner is the ultimate beneficiary of income from nominated airfares i.e. fares lawfully fixed by the government of the national airline.

REDjet is entitled to the same guarantees even not “in extremes” that are assured Four Seasons and CLICO. It has prospects for generating a CARICOM AIRWAYS SYSTEM in collaboration with LIAT and Carribean Airlines Ltd. for a short, medium and long range operations, serviceable by existing aircraft of the partnership.

Leonard St. Hill
St. James, Barbados


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism

3 responses to “REDjet and the silence of Caribbean Airways Ltd.

  1. Green Monkey

    Last I heard about Caribbean Airways, up to a few years ago, their business activity consisted of running some of the duty free concessions in the airport departure lounge and operating a ground handling operation in competition with Seawell Air Services. Didn’t seem to anxious to get back in the business of actually flying airplanes. With the inherent risks of the airline business these days maybe they figured that was the best choice – stick to selling rum, cigarettes and souvenirs and pushing up the steps and unloading the baggage from the incoming flights.

  2. Anomynuss

    The Tree Amigos already made it clear that they were not going to assist REDjet to compete with their LIAT.

    Add to that Mr. Stuart’s penchant for how he would be affected by tort (“I ent doin’ nuttn, so I ent gine be responsible fuh nuttn”) and making changes to both the law and to the function of the Caribbean Airways corporate structure just is NOT going to happen.

    For any kind of action on aviation in Barbados I think we will have to wait for the next elected Prime Minister – whether DLP or BLP.

    And from his lack of apparent action for the last year or two I’m pretty sure even if it is DLP it won’t be Stuart.

  3. Parker

    At the top of the original article by Mr St Hill, you have placed the logos of REDJet and “Caribbean Airlines” (the Trinidad airline). The “Caribbean Airways” to which Mr St Hill refers is a Barbados Government owned entity and completely different from Caribbean Airlines. A significant error on BFP’s part!