Passengers affected by Monday’s cancelled flights can now
travel Tuesday on Cayman Airways.
Due to a strike by Air Traffic Controllers in Jamaica, Cayman Airways had to cancel flights KX
620 and KX 621 to and from Jamaica
this Monday, 23 May.
The adjusted flight numbers and times resulting from the
strike are as follows:
KX 2620 departs Grand Cayman at 1.55pm and arrives in Montego Bay at 2.45pm.
KX 2621 departs Montego Bay at 3.35pm and arrives in Grand Cayman at 4.25pm.
KX 2614 departs Grand Cayman at 3.00pm and arrives in Kingston at 2.45pm.
KX 2615 departs Kingston at
5.00pm and arrives in Grand Cayman at 6.00pm.
These new schedules were tentative and dependent on the
Air Traffic Control Operations in Jamaica having returned to normal,
said the carrier.
Mark Williams, vice president of business development at Norman Manley
said that American Airlines had also cancelled its flight from and to Miami as a result of the
strike. However, despite the walk-out, the airport remained open to both
inbound and outbound flights, noted Mr. Williams.
“The management team of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority
team continues to man the towers; flights are coming in and leaving, albeit all
have been delayed by two or three hours.
“A court order was issued on Sunday for the air traffic
controllers to return to work so we hope things will return to normal on
Tuesday,” he told the Compass.
Passengers can contact Cayman Airways on 949 2311.
UPDATE 10am Tuesday: The air traffic controllers returned to work
on Monday by 11pm after discussions with government. The Air Traffic
Controllers Association will be meeting with Labour Minister Pearnel Charles
and Bruce Golding, Jamaica’s prime minister, regarding issues that are believed
to be connected to an outstanding seven per cent wage increase.