Competition brings low air fairs

The year 2006 is off to a flying start for tourism, with flights booking up nicely for the first quarter on the national flag carrier and special deals on offer from various airlines.

Cayman Airways has matched a new web sale put on by Spirit Airlines. The US airline will begin direct flights between Grand Cayman and its hub in Fort Lauderdale from 9 February.

‘Most of our flights are pretty full already,’ explained Mr. Richard Blake, VP Marketing and Sales, Cayman Airways.

Cayman Airways is matching Spirit Airline’s base fare of US$69 base fare to Fort Lauderdale one way (on a round-trip basis) if booked by 9 January.

The national flag carrier has also matched the same sale on the Chicago route, which is from US$149 base fare each way (on a round trip basis).

Travel on these sale fares is valid through 30 April, 2006, if booked by 9 January and the price is exclusive of taxes and fees. Offers are subject to certain conditions and blackout dates. Check out www.spiritair.com and call Cayman Airways reservations at 9492311.

Other each-way Spirit sale fares (on a round-trip basis and excluding taxes and fees) connecting with Cayman through Fort Lauderdale include: Atlanta, from US$99 each way; Chicago, from US149; Dallas Fort Worth, from US$99; Atlantic City, from US$99; Detroit, from US$159; from US$159 to Providence, Boston; from US$139 to Washington, DC. The same rules and restrictions apply.

‘Aside from our own sales, it is our stated policy to match other airlines’ fares when they have a sale,’ explained Mr. Blake.

Looking ahead for this year, Mr. Blake said, ‘We’re quite pleased with the way traffic is shaping up.’

He commented that although there can always be more seats filled on airplanes, tourism travel is looking very good for the first part of 2006, as is trade from the local market.

While jet fuel costs are still posing problems, there has been some moderation in costs lately with slight reductions here and there.

‘Fuel costs will always be a concern for any airline,’ he said. ‘A one cent increase in fuel can have a noticeable effect.’

British Airways World Sale now gives European residents the perfect opportunity to visit family and friends in the Cayman Islands, says a Department of Tourism press release.

Fares are from as low as UKĀ£399 London Heathrow to Grand Cayman return. ‘Anyone with friends and family living in the UK, or anywhere else in Europe with connections via London, should encourage a visit in the near future,’ commented Kathy Jackson, PR Manager for the DoT.

Bookings must be made by 31 January 2006 and travel must be completed between 12 April, 2006 – 30 June, 2006 and 1 September, 2006 – 9 December, 2006.

Visit http://www.britishairways.com/travel/janoffer/public/en_gb for more information.

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