Caribbean Airlines began service between Kingston, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, with the inaugural flight and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Owen Roberts International Airport. The twice weekly nonstop flight will operate every Tuesday and Saturday, for the period December 17, 2019 to March 28, 2020. The flight is scheduled to provide easy connections to other Caribbean Airlines destinations, and uses a Boeing 737-800 with a seating capacity of 150.
Commenting on the service, Caribbean Airlines CEO, Garvin Medera, said: “Cairbbean Airlines has a clear vision to connect the region, which is a major element in strengthening our Caribbean identity. Far too often we have heard how difficult, inconvenient and expensive it is to travel within the region. This new flight will ease the burden by adding Grand Cayman to our network and our flight is timed to facilitate easy connections to other Caribbean Airlines destinations.”
In welcoming Caribbean Airlines to Grand Cayman, CEO of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, Albert Anderson said, “The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is delighted to add Caribbean Airlines to the expanding list of airlines serving the Cayman Islands.”
Grand Cayman will be the 22nd destination covered by the airline, which has headquarters in Trinidad & Tobago. The airline is a member of the international Air Transport Association (IATA) and is recognized as an IATA Operational Safety Audit Qualified Airline. It is World Travel Awards Winner the Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand (winner 2018, 2019) and World Travel Awards winner – the Caribbean’s Leading Airline (winner 2010, 2019).
Albert Anderson CEO Cayman Islands Airports Authority said: “On behalf of the Airports Authority we welcome Caribbean Airlines to the Cayman Islands and we look forward to a long and healthy relationship with them.”
Zachary Harding, Director of Caribbean Airlines, said: “Today’s arrival and departure is another milestone for Caribbean Airlines’ vision to improve regional connectivity across the waters. This process of building connections across the region is moving steadily ahead. Last year we added Havana, Cuba, St Vincent & the Grenadines, to our network. We’ve landed here with the confidence that we have the product quality to ensure success on this Cayman to Kingston route.
Steven Pillar manager of Cayman travel agency Travel Pros was glad to see another airline come to Grand Cayman: “It’s good because it’s another opportunity for us to sell plane tickets, which is our job, and we welcome another foreign carrier coming to our shores,” he said.
Asif Ahmad British High Commissioner to Jamaica said: “I think the connections between the Caribbean Islands are absolutely essential because that is what is going to be a big dynamo not just for Jamaica but for the Cayman Islands itself, and we from the British Government are looking for other ways of connecting up this region because prosperity will increase and tourism is absolutely essential.”
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