Air arrivals down 11th month in row

For the 11th month in a row air arrivals are down on the previous year.

For July 2009 air arrivals plunged 14 per cent on the same month last year, from just over 30,000 to 25,775.

Cruise arrivals for July were up just slightly, 0.4 per cent on the same period last year, going from 108,514 to 108,894.

For the year-to-date air arrivals are down 13.4 per cent to 180,415 on the previous year and cruise arrivals are down 5.4 per cent to 955,846.

July 2009’s air arrivals are the third lowest for any July in the past 10 years, only outperforming 2005 and 2006, the years immediately following Hurricane Ivan, which damaged 90 per cent of buildings on Grand Cayman in 2004.

The strongest performing July in the past 10 years was back in 2000 when there were 34,000 air arrivals recorded.

Within the main markets, in July 2009 the USA saw a 15.1 per cent drop in visitors from last year with the largest drop from the West coast, 28.7 per cent, the Midwest, 25.5 per cent and then the Southeast, 21.6 per cent.

Arrivals from Europe saw a 0.6 per cent drop while Canada saw a 4.9 per cent drop.

July 2009’s cruise arrivals are the fifth lowest for July in the past 10 years.

The best performing July for cruise arrivals was in 2002 when there were 137,742 arrivals.