A new helipad is in construction on
the shores of George Town.
The facility, which also features a
shop and office building, will be a big help in attracting tourists to see the
Cayman Islands from a unique perspective, according to Jerome Begot of Cayman
Islands Helicopters. He said he had been looking for somewhere to move to for
“It was very hard to find a place.
Either the landlords weren’t happy to have a helicopter [at other potential
locations] or something else, but after six or seven years I found all the
solution together, went through the planning and the paperwork and then we
started to build.
“We’re still number one in the
Caribbean for the sightseeing tour helicopter for the last six years now, but
it was the only one in the Caribbean that wasn’t close to the cruise ships, and
I was the only one picking up from the airport and going back to the airport,”
Cruise ships happy
Mr. Begot believes the increased
visibility of his operation will benefit his business after a relatively
difficult year. The helipad, which is scheduled to be open in mid-January, will
be situated between Burger King and the Lobster Pot restaurant at the north end
of George Town.
“I hope it’s going to give a new
lift to the north side of the terminal, and I hope it’ll bring people too because
they’re attracted by a helicopter. The cruise ships are very happy that I’m
going to be down town. The people from the cruise ships weren’t always happy
about taking a shuttle to go to the airport – some people don’t like that. We
tell them that Cayman is safe but sometimes they were a little [wary because of
other destinations’ reputation].
“For six years we’ve received the
best customer assessment in the Caribbean. For Cayman, it’s nice; people can
see everything in Cayman in 20 minutes [in the air]. I tell my customers about
Stingray City, about other attractions, and I try to dispatch them to do something
else in their six hours. It’s good for everybody; I’m not selfish