United adds Chicago, Washington flights

Starting in December, United Airlines will offer direct flights from Chicago to Grand Cayman and additional direct flights between Washington-Dulles and Grand Cayman.

“… The Chicago and Washington, D.C., flights complement our existing service from Newark,” Vic Kerckhoff, director of Leisure Sales for United Airlines, said a press release. “Our increased seasonal services will give travelers more flexibility and more choice when flying to the island.”

Nonstop service from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport will begin on Dec. 19, on Saturdays only through April 30, 2016. The flight (US1911) will depart O’Hare at 10:40 a.m. and arrive in Grand Cayman at 3:40 p.m. The return flight (UA1912) will leave Cayman at 12:39 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 3:44 p.m.

United currently operates a direct flight from Washington-Dulles on Saturdays, but from Dec. 19 will begin flying four times a week from Washington Dulles International Airport to Grand Cayman. That service will continue through May 4, 2016. Flights on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday will depart Dulles at 12:20 p.m. and arrive in Grand Cayman at 3:49 p.m. Flights on Saturday will leave Dulles at 12:20 p.m., arriving in Grand Cayman at 11:44 a.m. The return flight on all four days (UA1912) will leave Owen Roberts at 4:44 p.m. and arrive at Dulles at 8:03 p.m.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of United Airlines to expand connectivity to the Cayman Islands in core U.S. markets such as Chicago and Washington, D.C.,” Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said in a press release. “The addition of these new routes affirms the Cayman Islands as a preferred Caribbean destination and presents tremendous opportunity to increase visitation and overall brand positivity.”

United also runs daily nonstop service between Houston and Grand Cayman and Saturday service between Newark and Grand Cayman. In total, there are 20 nonstop routes on eight different airlines between various cities worldwide and Grand Cayman.

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  1. It will be interesting to see how this impacts on the CAL weekend service to Chicago. That is due to resume on 18 December but is it really needed now? To me the United flight times look far more passenger-friendly and I bet the fares are cheaper.

    While we are on the subject of fares. BA are currently offering CAL as an alternative to AA for London passengers flying in and out of ORIA through Miami. The only problem if you choose this option is that using CAL adds GBP100 each way (based on September dates) to the AA-based rates. That represents a 25 to 30 percent increase on most of the fares I just checked out. As the CAL flight timings are also far less convenient than AA can anyone explain how this is supposed to work?