Prime Minister Douglas on the weekly radio program ‘Ask the Prime Minister’ in response to an email by one his listeners said, “We have said to them (REDjet), we are ready to receive you here in St. Kitts and Nevis. Our people need to be able to have alternatives and
competition is important. We believe that it will not only improve on efficiency and reliability of other carriers, but to a large extent
impact positively on the fares”
The press release from the Communications Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) stated that Dr. Douglas said his government has already given the green light for REDjet to operate flights to St Kitts. It further mentioned that the Government has already chosen a specific route for the Airline to travel that will in turn benefit the people of St Kitts.
“We would want to have REDjet operate from Barbados to St. Kitts, from St. Kitts to St. Maarten and then back to Barbados and then on to
Guyana. We believe that is a route that our people would love. That is what we are working on,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago after careful considerations have announced last week that REDjet would be permitted to operate flights into their countries after primary safety concerns with the airline.
Prime Minister, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), said that he welcomed the resolution of the issues surrounding the licensing of the low cost carrier which is based in Barbados, to operate flights to the countries (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago). This he made in a statement on Monday.
The resolved issue was also a debated topic at the CARICOM summit in St. Kitts and Nevis earlier this month. Dr. Douglas said that the willingness of the member states involved to bring about a positive outcome speaks to their commitment to the regional integration enterprise.
“Transportation is a key sector in the development of our Community given its role in ensuring the co-mingling of our peoples and enhancing
trade among our member states,” Prime Minister Douglas added, “adding safe and affordable transportation is therefore of vital importance to creating the viable and prosperous Community that we all seek.”
Dr Douglas said he hopes that the competition which REDjet brings to the air services sector will contribute greatly to the benefit of our citizens both private and corporate with respect to more competitive airfares in particular.
REDjet is making plan to operate flights in other Caribbean destinations including the Dominican Republic and Grenada.