S. Brian Samuel: Taxing Caribbean aviation to death

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Case in point: RedJet

If Caribbean people can’t travel, they can’t do business, can’t have holidays, can’t spend money – can’t spread wealth. Aviation, or the lack thereof, is holding the Caribbean back.

And what is the result of governments owning airlines? They protect their own. Therefore, we have almost zero competition on intra-Caribbean air routes; between LIAT and CAL/AJ, they’ve got it all sewn up: you go here; me there. And never the twain shall compete.

Case in point: RedJet. What a fiasco – or travesty, more like it. Here was a bold new entrant to the Caribbean aviation scene, the region’s first genuine low-cost carrier. A project developed by a bona fide Caribbean investor; putting (lots of) his own money where his mouth was. How long did RedJet last – six months? And why did it meet such a sad and untimely demise? Of course, no real reasons are given by the perpetrators; one can only surmise…

… from an excellent article by S. Brian Samuel: Crashlanding in Toxic Taxation

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One response to “S. Brian Samuel: Taxing Caribbean aviation to death

  1. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    RED JET. ,, was great we flew it twice a week. RED JET the MoF of Barbados wanted $$10,000,000Million that was told to us , $$5,000,000.00 for himself and another $$5,000,000.00 for his friends,
    When the money was not paid, and refuse to be paid they killed the JET.
    These are some of the same DBLP that help run Liat out of control and now Barbados is going to same way , stuck on the ground, and no moving ,

    Not to say we know Buzzy using Violet Beckles money to Fund the RED JET , in this case it was helping Barbados and the Caribbean people to move around with out government control such as LIAT or LATE. ANT, SVG BGI are some of the same countries that enjoy PONZI money from Allen Standford with COW, and Et Alii.