CAL jet flights to Honduras on hold
Having suddenly downgraded their Goloson International Airport in La Ceiba, officials in Honduras have issued a notification to Cayman Airways advising them that they can no longer operate their Boeing 737-8 plane, effectively cutting jet air links between Cayman and Honduras.
The Honduras airport has had its operational capabilities downgraded to a level 6, which means jet engines of the type flown by Cayman Airways are now not able to land there.
Cayman Airways VP of Flight Operations, Captain Dave Scott explained: “The International Civil Aviation Organisation defines the requirements for aerodrome rescue and fire fighting Service in several categories. Cayman Airways’ jet operations require category 7 or higher, which means we cannot currently fly our B737-8 into La Ceiba.”
Captain Scott said that the other available Honduras airport at Roatan was also not an option because it has also been downgraded until 7th December of this year.
Paul Tibbetts, Executive VP of Finance and Commercial Affairs at CAL, said that, as a result, Thursday’s La Ceiba flight which should have taken off at 10am would operate across multiple flights using the airline’s Saab 340B+ aircraft, which they would contemplate using the following day also. He advised they were advising affected passengers, who would also be told about possible impacts to cargo and baggage.
Cayman Airways said it was currently reviewing its options for the ongoing operations of its Grand Cayman/La Ceiba route and would provide updates.