Cayman Airways plans to launch twice-weekly nonstop flights between Grand Cayman and Roatan, an island off the northern coast of Honduras, starting March 16, the airline announced Thursday.

The airline currently operates flights year-round from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras, twice-weekly.

Cayman Airways board chairman Phillip Rankin described the expansion of the Honduras service as a means of building “on the already-established synergies with the Honduras market.”

“It will definitely be a positive step for both countries, so we’re looking forward to starting this service in March,” he said in a press release. “The new Roatan twice-weekly service will further enhance direct and connecting travel opportunities for both business and leisure travelers.”

Cayman Airways President and CEO Fabian Whorms said in a press release, “Our La Ceiba route did increasingly well last year, with a steady increase of passengers taking advantage of the connectivity we offer between Miami and La Ceiba via Grand Cayman. The introduction of an in-transit processing facility at the Owen Roberts International Airport in 2015 facilitated our ability to develop Grand Cayman as a convenient hub, and more and more we see passengers to and from Honduras taking advantage of our easy connections to and from Miami and other gateways.

“Building on that growth, we are optimistic that the connections that will be available between Roatan and several gateways in our network, will ensure the success of this route.”

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the Grand Cayman-Roatan route would reconnect a historical link between Cayman and Honduras, “and particularly the Bay Islands,” and provide convenient travel options for Caymanians and inbound visitors.

“In addition to the direct service between our two countries, we also see opportunities to explore dual destination travel in the future,” Mr. Kirkconnell added.

According to Cayman Airways, the nonstop Boeing 737 flights to Roatan will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays, with flight KX884 departing Grand Cayman at 6:50 p.m., arriving in Roatan at 7 p.m. (Roatan time) where the aircraft will overnight. The return legs are on Fridays and Sundays, with flight KX885 departing Roatan at 7:35 a.m., arriving on Grand Cayman at 9:45 a.m.

12
1

2 COMMENTS

  1. This makes about as much (or strictly speaking as little) sense as most of CAL’s other recent new route announcements. Is Whorms seriously suggesting people are going to fly to Roatan from the USA via ORIA? Why should they when there are already plenty of flights available from major hubs like LA, Miami, JFK, Houston and Dallas. In fact using internal connections you can get to Roatan from just about anywhere in the USA.

    In addition there are, and always have been, good internal flight connections between Roatan and La Ceiba – the flight time is just 15 minutes. As for the Minister’s assertion that this is reconnecting historical links with the Bay Islands? With due respect you need a heck of a lot more than sentimental reasons to justify established a new airline service.

    This service is also commencing at the beginning of the low season in Roatan. In Spring 2015 American Airlines actually cancelled flights into the island because of a drop off in demand. That doesn’t sound like much market research has been done here does it?

    A question for CAL – what are your current load factors for paying customers on the La Ceiba route? I bet most of time you’re operating that route at a loss and I also bet the Roatan service will go the same way.

    The people at CAL need to wake up and realise that in the real world there’s a big difference between the harsh economic realities of running a commercial airline and operating state-subsidised routes simply because somebody woke up one morning thinking it might be a good idea.

    14

    3
  2. This is dumb! Why would we do this? So people can go from Miami to Roatan on a flight that makes no money and the people of Cayman need to subsidize? This is great for Roatan, another airline supporting their tourism.

    This is flying out tourist to another destination.

    0

    0

Comments are closed.