Check reservations

Despite Hurricane Rita churning toward the Gulf Coast of the US, Cayman Airways flights to Houston Texas and Tampa, Florida were still operating yesterday.

As of yesterday morning Cayman Airways said it was operating all flights as scheduled, but there may be delays to Houston and Tampa flights, which were operating Thursday and through the weekend.

But because of the uncertainty of travel plans with the activity of Hurricane Rita the public is being urged to check in with their airline before preparing to travel.

For more information, please call the Cayman Airways reservations department at 949-2311.

The Houston Airport System website urges the public not to come to the airports for a flight unless they hold a confirmed reservation.

‘The airports are seeing an unusually high amount of traffic and flights are already reaching capacity or full. Those desiring to fly through Bush, Intercontinental or Hobby airports should have a confirmed reservation before driving to the airport,’ it says.

Houston’s airports are preparing for Hurricane Rita and all possible precautions and remedies are underway. However, the airports are not designated storm shelters and those without reservations need to pursue other means to leave the area, it says, adding that some commercial airlines are already announcing flight schedule changes and cancellations. If you need to know about a flight’s status, contact the airline in question, the website urges.

Traffic came to a standstill and gas shortages were reported Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people in the Houston metropolitan area rushed to get out of the path of Hurricane Rita, a monster storm with 170 mph winds.

More than 1.3 million residents in Texas and Louisiana were under orders to get out to avoid a deadly repeat of Katrina.

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