Fly Jamaica has told its staffers that it is experiencing cash problems and are making redundant effective Sunday.
Fly Jamaica is also hoping to start flying again in a few months but, in the meantime, a sloth in processing refunds continues to upset passengers who were left in limbo.
According to a letter yesterday to staffers, Chairman, Captain Ronald Reece, said that a lack of an aircraft and the impact on the finances has caused the decision.
“It is with great sadness and remorse that we have arrived at this juncture. We are hoping for funding but that has been slow in coming, therefore for the time being, no other resources or options exist.”
The airline asked staffers for patience as it still owes them and will pay.
Fly Jamaica, he said, is finding difficulty in finding financing.
Reece opened the possibilities of rehiring of the staffers at a later time.
On November 9, Fly Jamaica’s Boeing 757 aircraft ran off the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana, after experiencing hydraulic problems.
On board were 128 persons.
Since then, the two-plane airline which is based in Jamaica and partially owned by Guyanese has not been operating to New York and Toronto destinations.
Passengers have been complaining of delays in their refunds, with scores of having pre-booked flights before the crash.
Many of them are claiming that their monies are in limbo.
Fly Jamaica said that some passengers had claimed back from the credit card companies and had also filed claims with airline.
On Thursday, Captain Ronald Reece, Chairman of Fly Jamaica, said that the company has been providing refunds to valued customers.
“All requests for refunds are being honoured. However, it is a process that has to be checked by our reservations and accounts staff. Some passengers would obviously like to see the process move faster, but we have to be constrained by our cash and credit card business safeguards,” Reece said in the statement.
“Fly Jamaica Airways Limited is not currently operating any aircraft. However, we hope to restart flight operations in a couple of months.”
Travel agents, especially in New York, have been complaining bitterly of passengers demanding their money, almost four months after the crash. (KN)