FAA says Barbados doesn't meet Cat 1 standards

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FAA says Barbados doesn't meet Cat 1 standards

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FAA says Barbados doesn't meet standards for US-bound flights; delay for discount carrier
From The Associated Press
April 12, 2011

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - U.S. regulators may have set back plans for a new Caribbean discount airline based in Barbados.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that Barbados does not meet international standards for airlines based on the island to fly to the United States. The standards are set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. technical agency.

An FAA spokeswoman, Alison Duquette, stressed that the FAA's assessment does not mean regulators think it is unsafe for airlines based elsewhere to serve Barbados, which is a popular tourist destination with one of the highest standards of living in the region.

Duquette said the U.S. agency does not reveal the specific reasoning for its assessment.

But Anthony Archer, director of Barbados' Civil Aviation Department, said the main issue is that his agency did not have adequate staff. "We are addressing it as we speak," he said by phone from Barbados.

Archer said Barbados sought the assessment because REDJet, a new Caribbean discount airline based on the island, is expected to seek clearance to fly to the United States.

REDJet, which has said it will start service in the Caribbean next month, did not respond to a request for comment.

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