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RedJet, Caribbean Discount Airline, Shuts Down

By Robert Curley, About.com Guide

Well, that didn’t last long. REDJet, which was supposed to be the Caribbean’s answer to Southwest Airlines, suspended operations last weekend, citing financial problems and a lack of government support.

Announcing that it was canceling all flights from midnight, March 16 onwards, airline officials said they have not been able to win a share of government subsidies enjoyed by other carriers in the region. “We have seen other carriers drastically cut their fares in an effort to shut down REDjet and return to high fares and business as usual with no regard to the negative impact on travelers,” according to a company statement. “Unlike us, they do not have to be profitable to stay in business.”

Officials expressed hope that they could still win some government money to “get our recently approved and exciting new routes established and profitable.”

The Barbados-based airline had been flying a total of nine routes, with service to Antigua, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Trinidad.

 

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By Robert Curley, About.com Guide

Well, that didn’t last long. REDJet, which was supposed to be the Caribbean’s answer to Southwest Airlines, suspended operations last weekend, citing financial problems and a lack of government support.

Announcing that it was canceling all flights from midnight, March 16 onwards, airline officials said they have not been able to win a share of government subsidies enjoyed by other carriers in the region. “We have seen other carriers drastically cut their fares in an effort to shut down REDjet and return to high fares and business as usual with no regard to the negative impact on travelers,” according to a company statement. “Unlike us, they do not have to be profitable to stay in business.”

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Officials expressed hope that they could still win some government money to “get our recently approved and exciting new routes established and profitable.”

The Barbados-based airline had been flying a total of nine routes, with service to Antigua, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Trinidad.