The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which operates the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) on Grand Cayman and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac, has undertaken a collaboration with Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) to provide aircraft schedule facilitation services as part of their continuous efforts to improve service, operations and safety standards at ORIA.
ACL is the world’s first independent airport slot coordinator, providing world-leading coordination, facilitation, and data collection services at 46 airports across four continents and coordinating 3.9 million flights carrying over 600 million passengers per year from its offices in the UK, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.
Neil Garwood, ACL’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re very happy to be working with the team at Owen Roberts International Airport, bringing our long track record of slot management expertise as the airport seeks to make best use of its capacity. At Airport Coordination Limited we aim to achieve the best solutions in a fair and independent way, and the team are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with Owen Roberts International Airport and all its partners.”
In 2018, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Owen Roberts International Airport processed 1.3 million passengers and 26,000 movements. Schedule facilitation at ORIA is one of two North American Airports to be supported by ACL, which will help to enhance the services and passenger experience at ORIA while improving capacity constraints. Facilitation is based on capacity analysis, which includes runway capacity, ramp capacity and terminal safety capacity at all levels of the passenger process.
CIAA Chief Airport Operations Officer Wayne DaCosta confirmed they were happy to obtained IATA level 2 status for schedule facilitation, which was designed to provide a smoother airport operation to the traveling public and relieve congestion during peak periods of air travel.
“Increased air connectivity will be an important driver of the global economic recovery, and our partnership with ACL will help to ensure the highest standards and parameters are met and maintained with a view to providing our guests with world-class airport services and delivering an excellent airport experience,” he said.