With JR Ewing back on television, there’s surely no better time to be connected to Dallas.
The Cayman Islands celebrated its new Cayman Airways seasonal nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth with a ceremony attended by ministry and Department of Tourism officials, as well as those from the airline.
Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush did the honours to applause at the check-in gate.
“Today is a special day for Cayman Airways and for the Cayman Islands tourism industry,” he said. “This direct service will provide an easy and convenient option for travellers wishing to travel to the Cayman Islands for business or leisure travel and as such, it plays a key strategic role in our ongoing quest to boost incremental tourism to the Cayman Islands.”
Expressing his support for the new seasonal route that is expected to further solidify the long standing relationship with Texas, Premier Bush affirmed that with the level of diversity inherent in the Texas market, visitors from that area are expected to be duly impressed with the variety of land and sea based attractions on offer in the Cayman Islands.
“The Dallas area has proven to be an area with strong growth potential,” the premier continued, “and we are looking forward to the opportunities this route will create in the coming months.”
Cayman Airways pleased
Cayman Airways President and Chief Executive Officer Fabian Whorms said the airline anticipates success for Cayman tourism with this new Dallas route.
“In starting this new nonstop service to Dallas, on the heels of launching Panama, we are fulfilling our mandate as a lever of national economic growth, especially in relation to supporting our tourism industry.
“We are also excited to offer our local residents the opportunity to experience all of what Dallas has to offer, including the fantastic shopping and tourist attractions,” Mr. Whorms said.
Caymanian country music singer Andy Martin “The Cayman Cowboy” also joined Cayman Airways and government officials in the celebrations by serenading passengers with his original country music songs such as Cayman Cowboy and Hello Cayman Brac as they waited to board the first nonstop flight to Dallas.
With the inclusion of Dallas/Fort Worth, Cayman Airways now provides service to and from six United States gateways and to four countries outside the US. Operating from June to September, the service is expected to be particularly popular with divers wishing to explore the Cayman Islands underwater world, since Texas ranks highly with respect to the number of people gaining new diver certifications.
Good Morning Texas, an ABC affiliate station in Dallas, ran a special segment on 4 July which featured the Cayman Islands prominently on its show.
Featured attractions include Stingray City, Cayman Turtle Farm, the Cayman Motor Museum and Cayman Islands Helicopter Tours, among others. The host Carrie McClure also introduced many of the other programme segments from the crystal clear waters of the Cayman Islands, the Department of Tourism noted in a news release.
Effective 23 June through 2 September, the Dallas route will operate twice weekly, on Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, KX320 departs Grand Cayman at 3.30pm and arrives in Dallas at 7.30pm. On Sundays, KX321 departs Dallas at 9am and arrives in Grand Cayman at 1pm.