A mechanical issue with a Jamaica-bound Cayman Airways flight early Monday triggered a series of delays across the national airline’s schedule throughout the day.
The Kingston flight, originally scheduled for a 7 a.m. departure, eventually took off at 1:30 p.m. There were also lengthy delays to flights to Tampa, Havana and Miami as the airline shuffled its fleet to cope with the issue.
Passengers were already aboard the Boeing 737-300 jet when the fault was discovered.
One passenger told the Cayman Compass that the lights on the plane went out before the engines stopped and the plane taxied back to the terminal. She said the passengers were escorted by cabin crew back to the departure lounge.
In a statement Monday afternoon, Cayman Airways said the jet, originally scheduled to operate to and from Jamaica, was removed from service to “address a mechanical issue that developed prior to taxi when the engines were being started at the gate area.”
Fabian Whorms, president and CEO of Cayman Airways, said it was a minor technical problem.
“While delays are never desirable, especially during this busy season, we are very appreciative that our passengers fully understand that their safety is our number one priority,” he added.
“We therefore sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused by these delays and would like to assure our affected passengers that we have made every effort to minimize today’s delays and get them safely to their destinations.”
The airline reported the following delays Monday as a result of the issue:
KX620 from Grand Cayman to Kingston/Montego Bay, scheduled for 7 a.m. departed Grand Cayman at 1:30 p.m. The return legs from Kingston and Montego Bay were rescheduled from 8:40 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. to depart at 3:15 p.m. and 4:40 p.m., respectively.
KX200 from Grand Cayman to Tampa was expected to depart at 5:30 p.m. instead of 11:35 a.m., and KX201 from Tampa to Grand Cayman was rescheduled to depart at 8:15 p.m. instead of 2:15 p.m.
KX832 from Grand Cayman to Havana was rescheduled from 1:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and KX833 from Havana to Grand Cayman was expected to depart at 8:15 p.m. instead of 3:25 p.m.
KX106 from Grand Cayman to Miami was rescheduled from 5:50 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
KX107 from Miami to Grand Cayman was delayed from 8:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.