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Wings clipped

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Wings clipped

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THE LIKELIHOOD of low-cost carrier REDjet taking to the skies again anytime soon  was dealt a further blow yesterday.
Exactly two weeks after suspending flights to its nine destinations the airline had its licence revoked by neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, who said it was following Barbados’ lead in doing so.
Details of Barbados’ action were revealed in a brief statement by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) which said it had “no option” but revoke REDjet’s licence effective yesterday because the airline no longer had a “valid” air operator’s certificate from Barbados, where the fledgling airline is based.
The Trinidadian regulator said its director general Ramesh Lutchmedial had written to Ian Burns, the airline’s chairman and chief executive officer, informing him “that the authority was left with no option but to revoke the licence, since the Barbados Civil Aviation Department (BCAD) by letter dated 20th March, 2012 had advised REDjet that they were suspending the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) issued to REDjet Ltd”.