British Airways flights from Heathrow have been increased for the month of November.

According to an update on government’s travel webpage, posted Friday, British Airways wil be operating a weekly service between Grand Cayman and the United Kingdom.

“This schedule will continue to be reviewed until normal commercial services can be resumed,” the brief update stated.

The new flight dates for the upcoming inbound flights are 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov and 3 Dec.

Bookings are being done through British Airways directly at www.ba.com.

At present only specified categories of individuals are allowed entry into Cayman including; Caymanians, permanent residents, work permit holders and their families, persons who own residential property within the island and students with a valid visa to study here.

Those with close family ties to residents or work permit holders – spouses, fiancés, parents, grandparents and siblings and other approved visitors approved via the Travel Cayman team are allowed on inbound flights.

The authoritised travel categories have also been updated to include people approved on the Global Citizen Concierge programme which was formally launched this week.

Under this programme those making a minimum income of US$100,000, US$150,000 for couples and US$180,000 for families can apply for a two-year certificate to operate as a digital nomad in Cayman.

Those wishing to travel inbound to Grand Cayman must apply via the Travel Cayman portal for permission to enter and must subject themselves to testing upon arrival and 14 days of quarantine.

Original story: British Airways flights for the upcoming holiday season could increase in frequency,  Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Roper, speaking on the premiere episode of the Cayman Compass webshow – ‘The Resh
Hour’ – Wednesday night, said discussions are under way with the airline about November,
December and January flights.

“The schedule will be announced soon. It’s likely to move to a weekly service, but I think we need to wait for the formal announcement. But I know those discussions are at an advanced stage and details will be announced just as soon as that’s completed,” Roper said
during the interview.

At present, only British Airways and Cayman Airways are allowed to operate in the
Cayman Islands.

BA currently has approval for fortnightly flights from the United Kingdom. The upcoming
inbound flights under this arrangement are set for 29 Oct., 12 Nov. and 26 Nov., according
to Government Information Services.

Roper also said his office has secured equipment from the British High Commission in
Kingston, Jamaica, which will enable his team to do biometrics for people who need UK transit or other visas.

Latest COVID statistics

As of Wednesday, 738 people remained in quarantine at government facilities or home
isolation.

11 new positive COVID cases since reported since 15 Oct., taking the national tally of
confirmed COVID-19 to 236, as of 21 Oct. Of those, 20 cases remain active and 215 have
recovered.

More than 45,000 tests have been carried out in the Cayman Islands this year.

Some of those in isolation arrived on earlier BA flights and are waiting to complete their
required quarantine period.

However, there have been calls from some quarters to have that period reduced. Roper said
discussions are under way on the issue, but he declined to say anything further until those
talks are finalised.

He added that discussions are also ongoing about whether Cayman should insist on testing
before travellers arrive and “there will be an announcement on that soon”.

“Let me just emphasise again, that… the health and wellbeing of everyone on the islands is
uppermost in the minds of all of us in taking those decisions,” he said.

Roper, responding to questions from the public on the way forward if a COVID vaccine is not found and the pandemic continues to rage, said, “We have to continue doing what we’re doing.”

Cayman, he said, has to take all the actions needed to protect everybody on the
islands.

“I think the measures we have in place now, without a vaccine, we’ll need to continue
if we’ve got people coming into the islands who may have the virus,” he said.

Roper said actions taken to help Cayman manage the health risks from people coming in and out of the islands were working.

However, he hastened to add that mistakes can happen.

“We have to remain alert,” he said. “If something were to happen with an outbreak, I do
believe we have the systems to be able to deal quickly and effectively.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. If BA are going to introduce weekly flights they will need to be profitable, last week’s certainly wasn’t, I was on it. This means numbers need to increase, but I can’t see this happening while we have a 2 week quarantine in place. The Governor needs to realise what being locked up in a hotel room for 2 weeks feels like. Heathrow is currently trialling instant Covid tests before departure, but I’m not sure this will help. We have a dilemma, to remain safe we must ensure strict quarantine, but this will inevitably restrict travel numbers.

  2. Clearly every plane that arrives in the Cayman Islands brings people with COVID.

    The more planes that arrive, the more people with COVID will be arriving.

    Pre-departure testing, or testing on arrival really does not in any way keep us safe given a possible 14 day incubation period for COVID.

    Unfortunately, the only sure way to guarantee that arriving passengers do not transmit COIVD into our community is to continue with the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

    Given the excellent leadership of our government and Governor Roper throughout the pandemic to date, I am confident that they will continue to protect our community from this disease by continuing with the 14 day quarantine period for arriving passengers, even if the number of planes and passengers increases. To vary from this strategy would be dangerous and put our community at risk and would likely lead to another shut down and lock down. We are all to smart to let that happen again.