REDjet all clear to fly to Trinidad

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): The Barbadian low-cost airline REDjet is set to fly to Trinidad in less than two weeks after the airline took the local civil aviation authority to court, the Trinidad Express newspaper has reported, possibly ending one of the more hectic chapters in recent Caribbean aviation history.

The report is the latest twist in a three month-old saga that began with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica denying entry to the carrier.

It escalated to verbal brawling between Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, accusations and denials, a flurry of political and bureaucratic meetings, questions about the safety of the airline's 24-year-old fleet of passenger jets, and withering inter-island criticism by regional people both of their governments and of each other.

The paper, citing court records and anonymous sources, said the airline and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority reached a 'compromise' Friday afternoon after a hearing in the Port of Spain High Court before Justice Mira Dean Armorer.

Sources told the Express that under the compromise, the airline whose registered company name is Airone Ventures Ltd, is expected to begin flying the route on July 28.

But the paper said all parties in the court case "may be subjected to a confidentiality agreement" and that the airline's business development manager Robbie Burns declined to comment on the matter. Director of Civil Aviation Ramesh Lutchmedial could not be reached for comment, it said.

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