More than four years after low cost airline REDJet collapsed commentator and businessman Robert Pitcher is still demanding a refund of the money he spent on two tickets shortly before it went under, even though he admits “that is dead money”.
In a biting attack on the management, Pitcher Friday morning accused REDJet of continuing 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 that 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,” Pitcher told a media conference at the Rendezvous, Christ Church office of his Fun N’ Sun Publishing company.
REDjet had posted on its Facebook page in March of 2012 that it “wishes to advise that, in light of our temporary suspension, all flights for Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th have been cancelled.
“All tickets for future travel remain valid. Affected passengers will be offered refunds or the option to travel with REDjet upon commencement of services,” it promised at the time.
The suspension of the airline had come months after it had cut flights, and it never resumed service, having struggled to get regional governments’ support and running into financial difficulties before its collapse.
The short-lived budget 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, some as low as US$9.99 one-way.
Burns died from a massive heart attack at the end of July 2014 in his native Ireland.