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JCAA tight-lipped about Redjet's delay

Published:Friday | May 13, 2011 | 9:40 AM

Janet Silvera, Gleaner Writer



The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is remaining tight-lipped about the complications which have prevented Barbados-based low cost carrier, Redjet, from making its first flight to the island.



Up to late yesterday, Redjet’s public relations manager, Nyssa Pierre, said the airline was still awaiting word from the JCAA regarding its fate.



The airline, which has been giving Caribbean Airlines and LIAT, stiff competition since announcing plans to operate in the region, has had to put plans to fly to Jamaica on hold.



Redjet’s first flight between Jamaica and Barbados was scheduled for Wednesday, but the airline issued a release saying the flight was postponed due to political and regulatory actions in Jamaica beyond its control.



Redjet said no other routes or flights were affected by the decision and it would operate as scheduled.



It also promised customers who had already booked flights that the airline would rebook them for a later date for no additional charge and offered a US$50 voucher toward future travel.



Quizzed about the holdup yesterday, head of the JCAA, Colonel Oscar Derby said the matter was a work in progress.



He was also unwilling to give a timeline for the matter to be resolved saying he didn’t want to send the wrong message.



When pressed further he said there was a challenge but that such matters are confidential.



janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com