Honduran-based Rollins Air is awaiting an operating permit before it can begin a new route between Honduras and Grand Cayman.
The airline secured a ground-handling agreement with Cayman Airways last month and had hoped to begin the route between La Ceiba and Grand Cayman on Thursday, 5 March.
However, according to airline representative Margaret Martinez, Rollins Air has not yet secured an operating permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.
‘We’re not going to be able to fly on Thursday. We’re still waiting for the operating permit and hopefully we’ll be operating on Monday [9 March],’ said Ms Martinez.
Nicoela McCoy, director of commercial affairs, regulation and administration for CAACI said: ‘An operating permit has not been granted as yet as Rollins Airlines has not met all the requirements for the operating permit.’
According to Rollins, it is now awaiting a letter from the United States Federal Aviation Administration because the aircraft it is using for the Honduras-Cayman flights is a US aircraft.
Ms. Martinez said no tickets had been sold to passengers at this stage, as it cannot sell air tickets prior to securing an operating permit.
She said Atlantic Air passengers, stranded in Cayman after that airline stopped operating, had been contacting Rollins to try to secure flights back home.
Atlantic Air’s efforts to secure an operating permit to Cayman have been unsuccessful. Ms McCoy from the CAACI said the airline had not met the requirements for an operating permit to be issued.
Some passengers stranded in Cayman and Honduras by Atlantic Air chartered a flight last month to return home but others are hoping that Rollins will get a licence to operate so they can fly back.