The direct service between Grand
Cayman and Toronto will be seasonal, starting on 4 November and running every
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until April 2011.
The new schedule for WestJet was
released on Wednesday and shows flights from Toronto to Cayman at 9.40am and
1.45pm, and returns from Cayman at 2.35pm and 6.30pm.
“The new service will be a
tremendous benefit to residents of both Canada and the Cayman Islands.
Obviously, Canadians love to travel south in the winter months to get away from
our cold weather,” said Robert Palmer of West Jet.
The Caymans are a popular
destination, and now our guests will be able to fly with their favourite
airline to this beautiful place.
“For Cayman residents, it’s an
opportunity to travel nonstop to Canada for business or leisure on [what a
Leger Marketing national survey described as] Canada’s preferred airline. Once
in Toronto, Cayman guests will have access to WestJet’s Canadian network from
coast to coast [including more than 30 cities],” said the public relations
Mr. Palmer said that under federal
regulations, airlines had to apply up to a year in advance for a designation
before subsequently applying for a license. The airline’s interest in Cayman,
therefore, goes back more than a year, he explained. Initially, the service
will run for the winter season only, which the airline representative said was
in line with WestJet’s long-held policy.
“We start all services on a
seasonal basis. It is a balanced, measured approach to growth that has served
us very well. So yes, this service is in place for this coming winter only, at
this point. At the end of the winter we will evaluate its performance and make
a decision about next winter at that time.
“We are very much looking forward
to providing this service and seeing it well-used. Like anything else, airline
service is about supply and demand. The supply is there for as long as the
demand is there, and we look forward to what we’re sure will be an extremely
successful service,” he added.
Air Canada also operates flights
between Toronto and Grand Cayman with weekly departures in the summer season
and up to four times weekly in the winter peak season.
“Grand Cayman is an important
destination in our network and our service has been embraced by Canadians
travelling for business and leisure to the island and by Grand Cayman residents
travelling to Canada and beyond through our global network. Our customers appreciate
the safe, reliable and high-quality service Air Canada provides, and for that
reason we welcome the prospect of competition,” said Peter Fitzpatrick of Air
He added that the airline has a
track record of competing well on most routes it serves worldwide and has grown
to become 15th biggest carrier in the world.
“To give you an example, on the
transborder market with the US we have the largest share of traffic, despite
competition from all major American carriers, which is solid evidence we
compete well,” he said.