Regional airline REDjet yesterday announced the launch of its service between Guyana and Antigua starting on November 20.
Tickets for flights along the new route went on sale yesterday and according to a release from the airline, CEO and Chairman of REDjet, Ian Burns was confident that passengers will be thrilled by the new service to and from the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua. “It is no secret that Guyana has been good to REDjet and we want to keep our promise of delivering low fares to Guyana with as many routes as possible,” he stated. He noted too that, “Antigua has always been a huge source of interest from the REDjet perspective and we are happy to be able to serve Antiguans and the diaspora.“
Meanwhile, REDjet’s Business Development Director Robbie Burns said, “In our research across the region, we realised just how strong the relationship was between Antigua and Guyana, and just how badly the route needed more capacity. We are thrilled to be able to do this come November, in time for the Christmas (season) which will allow many more families and friends to connect.”
Persons interested in flights can obtain more information on the venture by logging onto the airline’s website www.flyredjet.com or via Call Centres and payment/booking agents in all countries. REDjet’s Call Centre number in Guyana is 662-3000 and retail locations and Call Centre numbers in Antigua will soon be announced.
The airline is in discussions with the governments of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica to operate into those countries, while it also plans to enter the South American air travel grid.
REDjet announced earlier this month a US$6 million expansion of its operation by this year end.
The airline stated that it will continue to deliver, “the most reliable and lowest fares service for consumers,” while adding that lease agreements were already in place for additional aircraft. Among its expansion plans, REDjet noted that two additional aircraft will coon complement its fleet; one of which will be operational in December this year and another within the first quarter of 2012.
At the same time, 75 jobs will be created within the first quarter of next year and an additional 75 within the second half of that year. The areas of work were listed as sales/administration (47), pilots (25), cabin crew (48), and maintenance, operational and engineering staff (30).
The airline operates two McDonnell Douglas MD 82-type aircraft, which were once operated by Delta Airlines, for its regional operations in North America.
Billed as the Caribbean’s first low cost airline, REDjet entered the regional airline industry with a promise to end high air fares.