Weather causes flight cancellations

Tropical storm Nicole is making
airline passengers lives a little rougher.

Severe weather on the sister
islands forced Cayman Airways to cancel all express flights to Cayman Brac and
Little Cayman on Wednesday.

Weather permitting jet service will
be provided to stranded passengers.

 The plane is scheduled to leave Grand Cayman
at 3.45pm for Cayman Brac today, Wednesday.

International flights also affected

Passengers in and out of Owen
Roberts International Airport were left stranded on Tuesday and Wednesday
following several weather-related flight cancellations.

American Airlines 1011 departed
from Miami International Airport at 8pm on Tuesday, took off successfully from
the Florida hub and attempted to make an approach to Owen Roberts twice only to
be turned back due to the weather conditions, explained Tim Smith of American
Airlines.

“We had hoped to get flight 1011
into Grand Cayman, but we ultimately became concerned about the safety of
trying to land in the actual weather and crosswinds at GCM at the anticipated
time of arrival. The flight had taken off from Miami in the belief that there
would be a window of opportunity to safely land there. 

“However, part way into the trip,
it became more clear that the weather would not be satisfactory for a safe
landing. Accordingly, the flight returned to Miami and cancelled.”

American Airlines flight 1746, due
to leave Grand Cayman at 8.15am Wednesday to Miami, was also cancelled as a
result.

“That inbound cancellation also
caused the cancellation of Tuesday morning’s departure from Grand Cayman to
Miami because that aircraft obviously could not overnight as it normally does
since it had not arrived the evening before.

“We are working to reaccommodate
affected customers on the first flights to and from Grand Cayman with seats
available,” explained Mr. Smith.

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