Not only has the Premier of Nevis, Joseph Parry been on the move to improve the services provided by LIAT and WINAIR into the Vance Amory Airport; over on St. Kitts, the Federal Government too has been seeking to expand its regional business through new airline services.
According to Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, his administration is preparing to enter into negotiations with the so called, “low cost” Caribbean carrier-Red Jet, to explore options for the introduction of services into the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, as soon as it practically possible.
Some reports have indicated that St. Kitts and Nevis has already granted the necessary rights to Red Jet to ply fly into Basseterre, but government here are awaiting the outcome of discussions between the airline and the government of Barbados.
Those discussions are said to be important and related because the route being proposed for the flights into Basseterre, would see Red Jet operating Barbados-St. Kitts and Nevis-St. Maarten-Barbados-Guyana.
“I am hoping that after these discussions with Barbados are finalised we would be in a position to start our own negotiations with RED jet,” Prime Minister Douglas was quoted as saying in a recent government release.
Douglas said his administration has been looking favourably at this multi-destination route and he is still very hopeful that very shortly “we would be able to provide a service to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Douglas said his government remains committed to bring to its citizens and residents, more direct, affordable and reliable air transportation between the twin-island federation and other countries.
During the recent CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in St. Kitts last July, Government had indicated to the owners of RED jet that the Federation stands ready for further discussions with RED jet, with regard to flying in and out of St. Kitts and the airline was at the time holding talks with the authorities in Barbados on routes.
Earlier this week, news reports from Bridgetown said RED jet was in discussion with the Government of Barbados to address the delay in approval for new routes and chief executive officer Ian Burns has insisted that the company “is not moving out” of Barbados over the dispute.
Burns made that position clear as RED jet awaits permission from the Barbados Government to operate the St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada and St Kitts routes, even though the carrier has already received licenses from those governments.
Last month, RED jet called on Government to deliver promised political support for its routes.
Asked if the airline has been able to get that commitment, Burns told the Weekend Nation discussions were ongoing.