Friday, February 23, 2018

Six Jamaicans stranded in T&T

After REDjet flight suspensions...

SIX Jamaicans—four women and two men—have been stranded in Trinidad and Tobago, following the suspension of flights by low-fares airline REDjet.

Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement Monday to the Jamaica Observer, said attempts to guard the welfare of the stranded Jamaicans are being taken by the country's High Commission, which is also seeking to find the quickest and safest mode of transport to get them back home.

"Since learning of the situation of the Jamaicans in Trinidad and Tobago, who were denied entry into the twin-island republic and have subsequently been unable to return to Jamaica because of the suspension of all REDjet flights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, through its Diaspora and Consular Affairs Department and other officials of the ministry, has been in constant contact with its High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago," the ministry said in the statement from Kingston.

It said two Jamaican sisters who were denied entry into the Caribbean island last week Monday were subsequently housed in a facility at which they met five more Jamaicans, the Observer report stated.

On Saturday, the sponsor of one of the women arrived at the airport and she was landed, leaving the other six.

"The ministry, through its arms, continues to work feverishly to guard the welfare of our Jamaicans and to see their safe return home as soon as possible," said the foreign ministry.

The Jamaican High Commission in St Clair yesterday confirmed to the Express that it was working to get the stranded travellers out of Trinidad and back home.

REDjet, in a statement on Monday, said all its flights remained grounded since the company announced it was suspending flight operations as of 11.59 p.m. last Friday. REDjet said discussions were continuing to resolve what it called the "current temporary suspension of flights".

The company maintained that the current service suspension was not related to aircraft, employees and/or its business model.

The company said it has made arrangements with regional carrier LIAT for the provision of discounted fares for affected passengers.

Customers may contact the LIAT Call Centre at (268) 480-5601 or (268) 480-5602 for more information.