No permit for Atlantic Airlines

Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority is still awaiting outstanding information that would enable beleaguered Atlantic Airlines to operate out of Cayman.

‘We are awaiting some information from the airline,’ said Nicoela McCoy, spokeswoman for the CIAA.

Meanwhile, passengers who have bought tickets from the airline remain stranded in Cayman and Honduras.

The airline’s operating permits, both in Cayman and Honduras, have expired.

Passengers stranded in Honduras took matters into their own hands at the weekend, when 19 travellers chartered their own plane back from Honduras on Saturday, at a cost of $500 each for a one-way ticket.

Despite the airline insisting it was still operating, a Civil Aviation Authority official in Honduras said Atlantic Airlines was not longer in operation. ‘Atlantic Airlines has closed operations within Honduran territory, they are just ending legal papers with us,’ said Boris Ferrera, sub-director of the Honduran CAA, in an email to the Caymanian Compass.

He added that Cayman Airways, which has been seeking permission to operate a Cayman-Honduras route, was welcome in Honduras at any time, but the airline’s spokeswoman Olivia Scott-Ramirez confirmed that Cayman Airways had still not been granted an operating licence by Honduran authorities.

Honduran passengers have also been taking their grievances over buying tickets for an airline that did not honour its tickets to police in Cayman.

Police issued a statement on Thursday saying: ‘The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service would like to advise the public that detectives in the Financial Crime Unit has carried out enquiries into the Atlantic Air situation and have determined that this is not a criminal matter.

‘Officers have found no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the company or any of its employees. The RCIPS is therefore unable to respond to any complaints reported by passengers at this time.’