Island Air awaits high season

Island Air has sold its two charter planes, but by high season it hopes to be flying high again with a new and improved charter department.

Charters are still available through the airline, however, as it is currently running a charter brokerage service.

When contacted by the Caymanian Compass Thursday, Managing Director of Island Air Marcus Cumber said the two Piper Navajo aircraft have been for sale for the past year, to the right buyer.

It was never intentional, he said, for the two planes to be sold together.

‘It has always been the hope that one plane could be sold at a time so we could maintain a proper service,’ he said.

However, the right buyer happened to come along with a view to buying both planes.

Now, the company is actively seeking a new plane.

‘We plan to come back with faster, more comfortable service,’ said Mr. Cumber, who added that he hopes to have the upgraded charter department ready for December.

Although Island Air had to cancel a few charters because of the planes being sold, such as trips to Little Cayman and Cuba, in the last couple of weeks business had really died off with the slowing up of tourism.

But charters are still available through the company, which is doing a charter brokerage service.

‘We’re still looking after high end customers by doing charters with other people’s planes,’ he said.

This is being done, however, at a much lower profit margin.

Last year, Island Air finished its domestic schedule to the Sister Islands and went over to full-time charter service because of rising fuel costs, business costs and subsidised government competition.