Weather affected flights

Monday’s heavy rains and strong winds led to the cancellation of flights to and from Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, leaving some guests stranded on the Sister Islands overnight.

Staff at the Little Cayman Beach Resort reported that guests staying in two of their condos and in two hotel rooms had to stay an extra night, but were flown to the Brac Tuesday morning to transfer to the jet that would take them to Grand Cayman.

At Southern Cross, a couple from Grand Cayman were the only guests scheduled to fly out on Monday and so they stayed an extra day. Another guest, due to check in Monday, was unable to make the trip due to the cancelled flights and instead was expected to arrive Tuesday.

Guests flying to Grand Cayman from Cayman Brac on Monday morning were able to take the scheduled Cayman Express jet flight, but the airline did not fly its Twin Otter planes that were scheduled to fly on Tuesday.

Jets cannot land on the small runway at the Edward Bodden Airfield on Little Cayman, so the cancellation of the Twin Otter flights meant no-one could fly in or out of Little Cayman in the bad weather.

Passengers on board an American Airlines flight from Miami to Grand Cayman also fell victim to the stormy weather, as the flight diverted to Jamaica due to decreased visibility.

Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines, said the flight, which was scheduled to land in Cayman at 12.15pm, diverted to Montego Bay where it refuelled and eventually made its way to the Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman where it landed at 5.13pm.

“The weather was causing a lot of visibility problems at the time the flight was coming in to land, so it diverted to Montego Bay where it waited for the weather to improve,” Mr. Smith said.

UPDATE: Cayman Airways Express added six extra flights between Little Cayman and Cayman Brac on Tuesday morning, 22 May, to shuttle passengers from Little Cayman who were not able to travel on Monday due to the inclement weather conditions which causing the cancellation of all Cayman Airways Express flights. Passengers from Little Cayman were transferred Tuesday morning to Cayman Brac in order to connect with an added Cayman Airways jet flight, KX2402, which departed Cayman Brac at 11:40am and arrived on Grand Cayman at 12:18pm.

“All necessary Cayman Airways staff were on hand yesterday to ensure that any affected passengers were informed as soon as possible of changes in their travel itineraries due to the inclement weather conditions, and to rebook them on the alternate flights where necessary,” said Cayman Airways President and CEO Fabian Whorms. “We sincerely thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue to put the safety of our passengers and crew first.”

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