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An aerial view of the Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Cayman’s air bridges close after hundreds depart island

An aerial view of the Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands’s eighth and final air bridge to the United Kingdom was completed on Friday (August 28) when 316 passengers boarded a British Airways flight headed to the UK.

Air bridges, also called “travel corridors” allow for people to travel between countries without the need to quarantine.

These agreements are brokered on a case by case basis, allowing for countries with low COVID-19 cases to travel without restrictions.

Governor for the Cayman Islands Martyn Roper said the final air bridge was the culmination of months of hard work by Team Cayman which has seen over 2,600 people from more than 35 nationalities heading off the island all with a story to tell.

Flights between the Cayman Islands and the UK will be on a bi-weekly basis until the end of November.  

“Bereavements, illness, medical treatment, study and loss of employment are just some of the reasons people have had to leave and it has been an amazing feat for everyone involved that during a worldwide pandemic we have been able to support them and get them to where they need to be,” said Roper.

Roper said that going forward those wishing to travel between the Cayman Island and the UK would have to do so via the airline’s website.

He noted that a British Airways flight was scheduled to arrive in Grand Cayman on September 17 and depart on the 18.

He further said that thereafter flights between the British Overseas Territory and the UK would be on a bi-weekly basis until the end of November.  

–Denieca Brown