Friday, April 13, 2012

Trinidad transport minister rejects meeting with REDjet officials

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Transport, Senator Devant Maharaj, said he has not agreed to meet with the officials at REDjet at their request until they have secured an air operators certificate (AOC) from the Barbados government.

Redjet has written to the director general of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) indicating that “the airline’s shareholders were obliged to suspend operations as continued funding of the current business plan was contingent on the activation of agreement that was concluded between the shareholders of REDjet and the government of Barbados in January this year” and requested dialogue with the TTCAA in the interim.

However, the TTCAA, while noting the commitment on achieving the restoration of its AOC with the Barbados Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) and out of respect for its regional counterparts, said it will not engage in any premature discussions with REDjet until the AOC has been reinstated by the BCAA and the airline has reapplied for a Trinidad and Tobago licence.

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