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Cayman Airways Chairperson of the Board Angelyn Hernandez said the airline values all employees and is committed to fair employment practices.

Mrs. Hernandez made the comment in response to remarks made recently by Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush.

Speaking at a public meeting recently, Mr. Bush claimed former CEO and President of Cayman Airways Mike Adam had been pushed out of his post, rather than having retired of his own free will.

Ms Hernandez said that while she loathes responding to vague statements, she felt compelled to make a few points in response to Mr. Bush.

‘Mr. Adam retired and his contributions and commitment to the airline were duly noted,’ Ms Hernandez stated.

Mr. Bush had also alleged that staff at Cayman Airways were being victimised and intimidated and said he had never seen the staff with such low morale. Ms Hernandez replied, ‘There has never been, and there is no victimisation of any staff’.

She said that as a government owned company, the airline is indebted to the public and must strive for efficiency and performance.

‘The company has been systematic in its approach to reform. It conducted an in-depth audit of the company and its management team as a way of moving forward.’

With regard to Mr. Bush blaming ‘fragmentation of the management team’ on flight delays brought about during the implementation of the new reservation system, she said, ‘The new CRS system – Sabre – there were months of training and our staff worked long and hard to ensure that this was accomplished seamlessly. They deserve credit and praise.

‘Whilst we have been lacking personnel in some positions, I would strongly differ with the statement of a ‘fragmented management team’. The present team should be given every credit and support.’

Ms Hernandez added that she believes the comments made by Mr. Bush are of a political nature. She said that his remarks ‘do nothing to support the objective of improving the efficiency and financial performance of the company and thereby ensuring its long term sustainability, or indeed, in supporting the hard working and dedicated staff’.

A new CEO Patrick Strasburger, a veteran airline executive from the US, along with VP Commercial John Wrightington were recently appointed to the national flag carrier.

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