Air Jamaica returns to Cayman at peak times

Air Jamaica are coming back to
Cayman after they reopened a route that has been dormant for a year and a half.

The daily service, resuming on 1
July, will land at Grand Cayman at 11.30am with a return flight departing at
12.30pm, times that potentially add to the load of an airport operating at high
capacity, explained Caren Thompson-Palacio of the Cayman Islands Airport
Authority. The body in charge of the airport is looking to minimise any
disruption, she said.

“The schedule originally proposed
by Air Jamaica would impact on the busiest time of day but we are in
negotiations in an effort to have this schedule revised to lessen such impact,”
she noted.

Suspended

The service between Grand Cayman
and Kingston had been suspended since 26 February 2009 when the carrier did not
renew their operating permit, explained Nicoela McCoy, Director of Commercial
Affairs, Regulation and Administration at the Civil Aviation Authority of the
Cayman Islands, the body in charge of regulatory issues in the Cayman aviation
sector.

However, as Air Jamaica was
delegated under the air services agreement they still had the right to operate
on the route, she explained.

“Recently, Air Jamaica has applied
to renew their operating permit to offer service between Jamaica and Grand
Cayman and they have met the safety/technical requirements of the Civil
Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands and were granted an operating permit
on 31 May 2010.

“As they are a scheduled carrier,
they have the option to renew permits on a seasonal basis – summer and winter.
The permit has been granted for the remainder of the summer season to 29
October 2010 at which time they have the right to renew the permit for the
winter season,” explained Ms. McCoy.

Cayman Airways said that they
currently offered a daily Kingston service and a thrice-weekly service to
Montego Bay through Kingston and would continue to do so.

“Cayman Airways has been
continuously serving Kingston, Jamaica since the 1970s and we will continue to
provide this market with this same reliable daily service,” a spokesman told
the Compass.