Eleven companies submitted bids to conduct a comprehensive efficiency audit on Cayman Airways, Minister of Tourism Charles Clifford said last week.
The audit is to look at six key functional areas of the national flag carrier’s operations, namely human resources, information technology, marketing and sales, route planning/scheduling, operations, and purchasing and supply chain management.
‘Of the 11 companies, which submitted bids on the contract, two are local companies, two are international firms with local offices, and seven are foreign firms form the United States, Europe and South America,’ Mr. Clifford said.
The Invitation to Tender was advertised on 7 March, with bids due by 22 March.
It is hoped the audit will improve organisational productivity of the airline.
Other audit goals include streamlining and updating information technology; selecting a reservation system; increasing the effectiveness and competitiveness of passenger and cargo marketing and sales; improving aircraft utilisation and lowering costs-per-seat-mile; increasing efficiency of flight operations while preserving existing safety standards; and improving the efficiency of the purchasing process.
Mr. Clifford said the quality of the bids was remarkable.
‘The Ministry is very pleased by the response to our request for companies interested in helping us to intensively evaluate the position of our national flag carrier,’ he said. ‘It is in the interest of all Caymanians that this audit and the resulting implementation plan succeed, to help create a stronger, more efficient and competitive Cayman Airways.’
The successful bidder will not be hired by CAL itself, but by the Ministry through the Central Tendering Committee, Mr. Clifford said.
‘Cayman Airways would be responsible for the implementation of any recommendations, and the Board of Directors would be held responsible.’
The audit is expected to commence by mid-April and be completed by the end of June this year, Mr. Clifford said.