American Airlines is launching a direct flight from Dallas, Texas, to and from Grand Cayman this summer, Cayman Islands government officials announced Monday.
The nonstop weekly service will begin on June 6, with flights departing Dallas-Fort Worth at 10:45 a.m. and arriving at 2 p.m. at Owen Roberts International Airport. The return flight leaves Cayman at 3 p.m., arriving in Dallas at 6:30 p.m., according to a statement from the Ministry and Department of Tourism.
“We are absolutely delighted about this additional service by American Airlines to the Cayman Islands,” Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said in the statement. “This airlift will allow for more visitors from the west coast of the United States, as Dallas is one of the main connecting hubs for American Airlines, and with the continued growth of the Texas market, this additional service is beneficial for their travel needs.”
The announcement came shortly after the release of the 2014 year-end tourism arrival statistics, which showed an almost 11 percent increase compared to 2013, with 382,816 total air arrivals recorded.
“It was the best stay-over visitor arrival figure the Cayman Islands has recorded in over 14 years,” said Director of Tourism Rosa Harris. “The…addition of direct service from the Dallas market will go a long way in advancing the department’s strategy of working to flatten seasonality throughout the year while growing visitation.”