Guyanese passengers who requested refunds from Red Jet will have to wait a little longer
The Ministry of Public Works has indicated that Guyanese passengers who requested refunds from REDJet, will have to wait a little longer. The Guyana Government had collected a US$200,000 bond from REDJet, when the carrier started its operations. That’s the money the government intends to tap into to pay back over 2000 passengers who were affected when REDJet halted its operations and shut down earlier this year, even as it was promoting expansions.
In a release from the Government, a Ministry of Works official was quoted as saying, that there is now a verification process underway looking at the 850 requests which represent over 2000 passengers. Once that process is completed the Ministry is expected to begin issuing payments. The total cost could be just over US$175,000.
That would leave the Ministry with $25,000 in hand. Its unclear whether the change will be handed back to REDJet or used to pay off other debts in Guyana. The Ministry of Works overlooks the operations of the Cheddi Jagan airport and REDJet left the friendly skies with several bills behind at the airport, for landing and other fees.
When REDJet launched its operations in 2011 with a non-stop service between Guyana and Barbados, it was hailed by the Government, and the Government promoted the airline heavily pointing to the impact it would have on fares. It was less than a year later than the REDJet skies became blue and the company folded, ending its operations in the Caribbean and bankrupt.