Air Turks & Caicos has been granted a license to operate services to Grand Cayman.
The route will originate in the island of Providenciales and call at Kingston, then Owen Roberts International Airport before landing in Cuba, and vice versa.
Flights were originally mooted during 2010, but an objection to the service was raised by Cayman Airways.
However, the Air Transport Licensing Authority of the Cayman Islands subsequently granted the carrier a license.
Air Turks & Caicos chairman Lyndon Gardiner told a local TV station that various documents, including a feasibility study and a financial study, had been requested by the authority.
“Obviously the new structure in connecting the Cayman Islands was vital to their tourism and business development and I think they saw our application to commence service as enhancing [that] in making Cayman more accessible to the region,” Mr. Gardiner said.
Before flights can begin, approvals must be granted by Jamaica and Cuba, explained the chairman.
“Under the bilateral agreement between Jamaica and Cuba, Air Turks and Caicos has been designated as a British carrier and so the approvals are a lot different from what we saw before.We think it’s just a matter of formality because they are written international agreements covering what we are attempting to do now.”
The company is buying additional aircraft to enhance the service, which will either be four or five times per week.