The Associated Press April 12, 2011, 5:10PM ET

Barbados aviation fails test for US-bound flights

U.S. regulators may have set back plans for a new Caribbean discount airline based in Barbados.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Barbados doesn't meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. That means no Barbados-based airline can establish a route to the U.S.

It doesn't mean the FAA considers Barbados an unsafe place for other airlines to serve.

The Barbados Civil Aviation Department says it is working to achieve the rating it needs to establish a U.S. route. The department requested the FAA assessment because new discount carrier REDJet is expected to apply for clearance to fly from Barbados to the U.S.

REDJet has not yet commented on the FAA's announcement Tuesday.

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