Caribbean Airlines launched its new non-stop service between Kingston, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.
Operated twice weekly, the Caribbean Airlines’ 737-800 Next Generation aircraft leaves NMIA at 11:25 am on Tuesday and lands in Grand Cayman at 12:35 pm. Approximately an hour later the carrier departs Owen Roberts Airport in George Town for arrival in Kingston, Jamaica, at 2:35 pm.
“Far too often we have heard how difficult, inconvenient and expensive it is to travel within the region. This new flight will ease this burden by adding Grand Cayman to our network and our flight is timed to facilitate easy connections to other Caribbean Airlines destinations.”— Garvin Medera, CEO, Caribbean Airlines Limited
On Saturday, the Caribbean Airlines flight takes off from Kingston at 9:40 am and arrives in the Cayman Islands capital at 10:50 pm. The aircraft then returns from George Town at 11:50, reaching Jamaica at 12:25 pm.
According to Caribbean Airlines, the flight is timed to provide easy connections to other destinations serviced by the company.
“Caribbean 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 this burden by adding Grand Cayman to our network and our flight is timed to facilitate easy connections to other Caribbean Airlines destinations,” Caribbean Airlines CEO Garvin Medera explained.
Grand Cayman is Caribbean Airlines 22nd destination, following the addition of a Kingston to Cuba service last week. The 66,000-strong UK overseas territory is considered a major world offshore financial hub for international businesses and tourism.
“The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is delighted to add Caribbean Airlines to the expanding list of airlines serving the Cayman Islands. The Caribbean Airlines service will add 300 seats to Grand Cayman, to augment arrivals, which continue to grow exponentially. Our airport handles over 25,000 aircraft movements annually and we are happy to include Caribbean Airlines in this expansion,” CEO of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority Albert Anderson stated.
In the coming months, the Trinidad and Tobago-based carrier intends to broaden its reach by adding new routes. Having launched the Caribbean Airlines mobile app earlier this year, the airline will continue to improve its customer experience initiatives with the support of digital transformation.
Also speaking at the launch of the new service yesterday, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett lamented that, despite tourism in the region growing by 6.1 per cent, a lack of connectivity within the Caribbean has thwarted the growth of tourism arrivals from reaching double digits.
However, he commended Caribbean Airlines for addressing the issue, noting, “Today’s flight to Grand Cayman is expanding the airline’s range of connectivity and is helping to sunder those dividing elements that prevent us from connecting. The 300 additional seats to Jamaica, with two weekly rotations, add a significant amount to the growing number of seats that are coming on stream.”
And with the addition of flights from Kingston, the minister suggested that Caribbean Airlines could make the NMIA a hub within the northern Caribbean.
“With the changes that have taken place in Kingston and the expansion we are anticipating, we are hoping that Kingston will become a hub for the Northern Caribbean so that connectivity — between Jamaica and Havana, Santiago, Cancun — can be achieved from here. I think Caribbean Airlines is well positioned to be that carrier that makes those connections, utilizing Kingston as a hub,” Bartlett stated.