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No refund

REDJet will not reimburse fares, says Bizzy

Businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams has a simple word of advice for fellow businessman Robert Pitcher. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Pitcher had last Friday blasted the now defunct low cost carrier REDJet over refunds he was owed for two tickets he had bought from the airline shortly before it went under more than four years ago.

However, Williams, a former director of the airline, said no one should still be expecting a refund.

In fact, Williams, who was a major investor in the airline, said the company had to write off millions of dollars in losses after the airline struggled to get a foothold in the region.

“I lost thousand times more than anyone who bought tickets. I believed I was doing right, but it turned out that those who had the power to cooperate and embrace the project did not agree. Very sad. We all lost our money. I regret this, but that is all I can do at this time.

“The herculean effort that the man who founded the airline and the frustration he went through trying to get it going for the benefit of the people of the Caribbean eventually killed him. Don’t you think you could respect a fallen soldier who gave his life trying to get us affordable air travel and let sleeping dogs lie?” Williams said in an e-mail response to questions posed by Barbados TODAY.

The short-lived airline, which was founded by the late Ian Burns in 2010 and registered in Barbados, quickly became popular among residents because of its cheap fares.

Having struggled to get regional governments’ support, and running into financial difficulties, it collapsed in March 2012. Just over two years later, at the end of July 2014, Burns died from a massive heart attack in his
native Ireland.

In his biting attack on the management of REDJet last Friday, Pitcher had claimed the airline had continued to sell tickets even after it had become clear it was going out of business.

“A bunch of criminals. You take poor people money the night before or the day before you know you closing and you still take the money and talk about credit that they will get paid. We never get paid. That is dead money. I bought two tickets going up to St Martin [and I] can’t get back the money. It dead,” the frequent traveller charged.

However, Williams said, “I do not believe anyone should still be expecting a refund from REDJet.

“Our company lost millions which we had to write off. We invested our money believing that the powers that be would embrace the idea of cheap air travel between Barbados and Florida on a Barbados registered airline. Sadly, this turned out not to be so,” the business magnate said.

“Grantley Adams International Airport never got category one status so REDJet could not fly to any US territory. Also there was unexpected resistance to the concept by the powers that be so route rights to other Caribbean territories took a very long time to obtain. While waiting for these route rights the airline was hemorrhaging money and eventually ran out of money,” Williams explained.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

11 Responses to No refund

  1. Tony Webster November 1, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Amen. …and thanks for valiantly trying Mr. Williams….and for getting back up and fighting on. There IS a path out of Rocky Gully, and I sure hope someone will find it, so our children will not have to pass this way, again.

    One of the greatest conundrums hiding in plain sight all over these sun-blessed, “independent” islands, is that the concept and application of co-operative, collaborative efforts for our mutual development, is stymied, hobbled, and bloodily sacrificed on the altar of political tribalism, myopic leadership, and the personal glorification and agrandisement of our “leaders”. All little Caesars…while you can smell the smoke of the place burning…

    Forty years hence into such a desert…there will yet be voices raised, wailing, and the gnashing of teeth.

    If the “M.V. Daerwood” were yet afloat, I would catch a $12 ride to Grenada…to cool-off my worried head.

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  2. Rechelle November 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Thanks Tony for your poetic response. Well said.

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  3. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Bizzy, you should have done you due diligence before you started an airline.

    Because you lost money on the ill conceived airline venture does not mean that you dont owe people who bought tickets just before the airline went belly up.

    Redjet Management knew that the airline was going kaput, yet days before this happen you all took peoples money.

    I support Robert Pitcher 100%. Ticket buyers need to get their money back.

    Only in Barbados!!!!!

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    • Donild Trimp November 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Carson Cadogan, I disagree with your assertion that ticket buyers should get their money back.

      As a businessman, Mr.Pitcher is allowing his personal emotions to cloud his better judgment. The law does not work to satisfy you or Mr.Pitcher’s biases.

      It matters not whether Redjet Management knew that the airline was going kaput. What matters is that they did not sell any tickets after going under and by the way, how much money could Mr.Pitcher have spent in buying tickets at the price offered by Red Jet?

      Give me a break. Both you and Mr.Pitcher are two jokers.

      Mr.Williams is correct. Let sleeping dogs lie.

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      • Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

        Redjet itself, and i suspect it mean Williams and the rest of the owners and Management, said soon after the demise of Redjet that there would be refunds. Check your old newspapers.

        If you cant trust a man’s word , then what can you trust?

        The problem is that a lot of Business people and the Barbados Labour Party operate on the premise that all Bajans have a short memory.

        So that is why he can now come and tell people “no refund” because he feels that Bajans forgot of Redjet’s promise to refund the money it stole from Bajans.

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  4. Ossie Moore November 1, 2016 at 10:43 am

    People in Barbados seem to be digging graves in recon-pence! By George what a world?

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  5. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Redjet itself, and i suspect it mean Williams and the rest of the owners and Management, said soon after the demise of Redjet that there would be refunds. Check your old newspapers.

    If you cant trust a man’s word , then what can you trust?

    The problem is that a lot of Business people and the Barbados Labour Party operate on the premise that all Bajans have a short memory.

    So that is why he can now come and tell people “no refund” because he feels that Bajans forgot of Redjet’s promise to refund the money it stole from Bajans.

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  6. Donild Trimp November 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Carson, I am well aware of the Redjet issue.

    You cannot “suspect” facts, you have to know the facts.

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  7. Francis November 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Carson please take off your political hat for once.
    BIZZY Williams is correct. RedJet was a great idea
    But Caribbean leaders with No Vision blocked it at every turn.
    I believe to protect LIAT !!!what a joke.
    Low cost carriers operate in Europe and do well.
    EasyJet
    Ryanair
    To name two of them.
    RedJet was a damn good idea!!

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  8. Whitehill November 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This is so sad and can only be perpetrated in this 2×2 island.
    Williams and this Burns person sold this gentleman a ticket on his airline knowing full well its demise was imminent. In response to the
    gentleman’s request for a refund, he cites his own losses and the death of a another person who had some ownership in this venture.
    Such excuses do not negate his responsibilities and obligations.
    However, they are not unusual coming from people in Mr. William’s
    position to a populace who willfully remain docile and passive.

    Some years ago another man sold insurance policies to unsuspecting citizens under similar circumstances, he hasn’t said as much rubbish as bizzy, but our Prime Minister said he was an esteem gentleman…not dissimilar to those who now heap praises on a cow’s brother.

    Maybe its the water!

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  9. jus me November 2, 2016 at 12:53 am

    OH FOR GODS SAKE!!
    The whole of BLOODY ,CARICOM is a HUGE confidence trick.
    Why dont you complain about that?
    It cost you millions in increased prices every years.
    The whole population of CARICOM is bled dry under the banner of supporting regionally manufacturers, when really its a price shelter that allows GUYANA to charge 100% more for rice than the World price,TRINIDAD to ask what it damn well likes for inferior rubbish.
    All has to be paid for in FX , so it does bugger all for BIM,trading in Caricom.
    The CARICOM business man simply calculates the out of CARICOM imported price PLUS the 100% and 200% duties and then runs his price a VERY LITTLE under.
    Makes a killing at everyones expense.

    REDJET died for similar reasons, messed up the satus quo, plus Massah Bizzy operated he mout fust an den operate he brain.
    Good idea, finance an airline with no licence to fly ,to main area intended.
    Biizy ole boy,yuh bin standin to close up on Sleepy, carelessness rub off.

    LOL.

    PS Ask dis heah paper ifn dem got a pitcher wid yuh mout shut.

    heh heh heh .

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