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Regional travel costs could rise

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Regional travel costs could rise

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The cost of travelling around the Caribbean could soon go up again, in the wake of low-budget carrier REDjet withdrawing its services and having its aviation licence suspended.
And if that does happen, expect Caribbean tourists to head back in numbers to North America and Europe.
That’s the word from president of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Hugh Riley.
“Caribbean travellers started to respond very well to the introduction of lower airfares and an additional choice of carrier. The numbers tell the story. Some of those early increases will certainly disappear. It pains us to see intra-Caribbean airfares reach the point where they start to equate with the cost of travelling outside of the region. When that happens, people make choices about where to go,” Riley said bluntly.
According to Riley, REDjet had made a positive impact on intra-regional travel during its ten-month tenure and will be missed.
Full story in the WEEKEND NATION