Airport runway upgrades rescheduled for evenings

Runway upgrades have been rescheduled at Owen Roberts International Airport, and weekly closures are no longer expected. - Photo: Submitted

Runway upgrades at Owen Roberts International Airport have been rescheduled to take place outside of normal operating hours, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority announced Wednesday.

Renovations had originally been scheduled to take place over eight Tuesdays in September and October, requiring runway closures on those days.

The runway upgrades will no longer require closures, however, and will take place in the evening, according to the CIAA. A new start date has not been announced.

Runway works will include milling and repaving of the existing surface, and an extension to the west.

Other airport works will include filling ponds in the airfield perimeter, establishing an airfield perimeter road and expanding the aircraft parking ramp to the east. These works will continue as planned, and are expected to have minimal effect on arrivals and departures, according to CIAA.

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“We are very grateful for the travelling public’s ongoing cooperation as we work to improve the infrastructure at ORIA, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience these changes to the airfield upgrade project timeline may cause,” CIAA CEO Albert Anderson said in a press release.

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  1. This announcement can only be described as stupefying and once again leads the public to question the competence of senior management at the C.I.A.A.. I, along with no doubt many others had to change my travel dates following the original announcement as American Airlines along with presumably all other carriers flying to Cayman had cancelled all flights on the eight consecutive Tuesdays commencing Sep 3rd.
    Closing the whole airport down for eight days was a drastic and very unusual step, causing problems for passengers and airlines. Now it seems having been told this was absolutely necessary, it turns out not to be the case. Why was this new schedule avoiding closure not decided on in the first place?. If we want to reschedule to our original dates will the CIAA pay for the change fees, will they compensate the airlines for two sets of changes to their schedules on eight separate days?
    Mr Anderson apologises for any inconvenience these changes “may” cause. I can assure him they HAVE caused considerable inconvenience. For a Government Agency that pays the highest salaries in the whole Civil Service, the public deserves far better than the bumbling performance this Authority has produced not only in this situation , but with the redevelopment of the airport infrastructure.

    Mr Anderson