So [Cayman Airways CEO] Fabian Whorms said the “tremendous increase” in demand that would result if the U.S. allowed unrestricted travel to Cuba would not be immediately met by an increase in supply from U.S. carriers? I’d be interested to hear how he figures that out.
American Airlines alone has a fleet of over 900 aircraft, of which at least 600 are suitable for services into Cuba. When those routes become available, U.S. airlines won’t hang around; they’ll snap them up in weeks. Also remember that Cuba has airports capable of handling everything up to Boeing 747s, so there will be no equipment limitations like there are at Owen Roberts International Airport.
This is the same weird logic that says it will take years for Cuba to create the infrastructure for mass tourism, when the country is not only already handling over three million visitors a year, but planning to add over 13,000 new hotel rooms.
It’s also like claiming that it will take years for the cruise lines to add destinations in Cuba to their itineraries, when plans are already well under way for this. And they are not just talking about Havana but several other locations, some of which are likely to feature dedicated cruise resorts. In fact, with the airlift capacity the country offers, it’s not inconceivable that cruise lines will go one step further and use Havana as an operating base.
Just because everything here works on the “soon come” rule, people seem to assume it’s the same in Cuba, and that’s a very dangerous outlook. The fact is that when former communist countries open up, the transition is very rapid – I’ve seen it and anyone who chooses to underestimate how fast things are likely to change in Cuba is only fooling themselves.
Of course, Cayman Airways will not be worried. They don’t know what to worry about. Never made a profit. Do they think Cubans in America are still going to fly to Cuba through Cayman? No! Everyone flies cheaper than Cayman Airways. Their planes cost twice as much per mile to fly as the new American planes!
The good news is that we are more than happy to subsidize Cayman Airways since they will probably lose more money!
Check out the tourism numbers next quarter! LOL, we hope the numbers reported will be right. It’s almost like the iffy unemployment numbers and consumer price index produced, which are dubious at best. Lots of Americans come to Cayman and then do side excursions to Cuba. Wow, not good. I hope the Ministry of Tourism is listening hard. Cayman is going to need a lot of help in the coming months and hope we don’t become a burden to the U.K. when our economic pillars come crashing down. I’m going back to my prayer sessions right now.
We went to Havana for a few days last November.
It was a lot of fun except no one had warned us they don’t accept U.S. credit cards.
To us, it was a prime example of the effect of 50-plus years of communism: Cars held together with rubber bands, charming restaurants with very ordinary cuisine, and everywhere looked like it needed a coat of paint.
We were followed around a museum by a guard who had offered to take our photo and now demanded a $5 tip.
A Cuban taxi driver put it best, “Our government may be communist but the people are capitalist.”
Make no mistake, Americans will go there, and so will their cruise ships. With or without a cruise port here. And, of course, they will fly direct when they can.
This is some tradition we do not want to lose, and we do not want to see our poor fishermen sitting down on the sand or bending over a CUC line wheel cleaning fish. We need a proper dock with shade which people can use to clean fish, and which provides shade for people waiting in line.
Now let’s look at the four kiosk/huts to the west of Bodden Town’s public beach that have been there for four long years, unused. It was promised that fishermen could use them. Instead they are locked up and boarded up, hinges left to rust, and rot away. They were refused to be made of use by our now PPM government. Is that fair to the people of Bodden Town? No, it is not, and as much as we enquire, every MLA has their head in the sand.