United plans direct flights to Cayman from DC

United Continental
Holdings, Inc. – the company that owns two major American airlines –
has announced plans to launch service on several new nonstop routes
which include a direct flight from Washington DC’s Dulles Airport to Grand


The plans require
approval from the Cayman Islands government prior to the flight routes being

The new routes were
announced Thursday afternoon by the company which said it sought to optimize the
combined route networks of United Airlines and Continental Airlines. The new
routes were due to begin in 2011, according to a press release on the United
Airlines website.


Cayman’s Department of
Tourism just announced last month its plans to restart direct flights to
Washington DC and Chicago on Cayman Airways ahead of the tourism high season.

The Washington, DC service on
Cayman Airwaysis set to begin on
18 December and runs twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays until 30 April.
Flight KX590 departs Grand Cayman for Dulles International Airport at 9am,
arriving at 12.30pm. On the return, flights depart Washington DC at 2pm,
arriving at 5.30pm.

Also for the high
season, service between Grand Cayman and Chicago O’Hare Airport begins on 21
November with flights operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. Flight KX504 departs
Grand Cayman at 8.15am and arrives at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at
11.10am. On the return, flight KX 505 departs Chicago at 12.40pm, and arrives in
Cayman at 5.35pm.


United Continental did not
announce any plan for direct service between Chicago and Cayman.

The seasonal flights on
national carrier Cayman Airways open up routes for the high season, which
tourism professionals hope will help boost visitors over the coming months.