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PAC queries airport expansion costs, delays

Members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday quizzed airport officials and project managers on why the expansion of the Owen Roberts International Airport terminal cost $23 million more than originally budgeted.

$45 million airfield upgrade close to completion

A $45 million upgrade to Owen Roberts International Airport’s runway and airfield is almost complete.

Crewe Road to close this weekend as airport blast barrier tested

Testing on a barrier that deflects air blasts from departing airplanes at Owen Roberts International Airport will be carried out this weekend.

Airport’s 120-foot beacon being removed Sunday

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority will be dismantling and removing the Owen Roberts International Airport's non-directional beacon, situated off Walkers Road this weekend.

Looking back in time

Everyone talks about the ‘good old days’ when times were simpler. Take a look at this picture from yesteryear and see if you can...

Poll: Should Cayman’s borders be reopened to international travel?

As Cayman's leaders grapple with how and when to safely reopen its borders, we want to know from our readers if they think the...

Airport upgrade workers donate to food bank

Workers upgrading the airfield at the Owen Roberts International Airport have donated $6,000 to the Cayman Food Bank in support of its COVID-19 relief efforts.

The final flight of late Capt. Robert Hamaty

Scores of well-wishers, family and friends gathered for the final flight of the late Captain Robert Hamaty Friday at Owen Roberts International Airport.
Passenger check in for the final flights out of Cayman on Sunday

Cayman’s air travel ban begins

The Cayman Islands closed its borders at midnight Sunday with no certainty over when they will be reopened. 
Empty deckchairs at the Kimpton Seafire hotel lie empty.

Cayman facing ‘humanitarian crisis’ with expats

Thousands of expatriate workers have lost their jobs and may be stuck in Cayman as many countries close off their gateways back home.

Airfield works to close Crewe Road

A portion of Crewe Road, west of the Owen Roberts International Airport runway, will be closed overnight for the next four nights, from 18 to 21 Feb.

Airport runway damaged by aircraft blast

The runway at the Owen Roberts International Airport resumed full flight operations Tuesday morning after an aircraft blast damaged a temporary asphalt ramp, leading to the runway’s closure on Monday, according to the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.

Owen Roberts Airport runway partially reopens

Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport was closed Monday afternoon amid reports of damage to the runway and is not expected to reopen until Tuesday.

Kirkconnell: New airport terminal on the horizon

Upgrades at Owen Roberts International Airport are nearing the final stage before work begins on a new terminal, said Transport Minister Moses Kirkconnell.

Airports Authority looking for $12.4M loan

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is seeking a $12.4 million loan to fund additional upgrades to the airside area of the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Disabled drone found next to airport runway

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands has issued a warning about the use of drones near the airport after a disabled drone was found last week beside the runway of the Owen Roberts International Airport.

BREAKING: Emergency landing at ORIA

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A321 made an emergency landing Monday afternoon at Owen Roberts International Airport, according to an emergency responder at the scene. The...

Airport cost overruns come under fire

Legislators question cost overruns in airport expansion project.

Airport runway extension approved

An extension of the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport has been approved by the Central Planning Authority. 

$30M airport upgrade deal signed

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority sign a $30 million contract with IDL Projects Joint Venture for airfield upgrade works at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

CIAA seeks planning permission for airfield upgrades

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority has applied for planning permission to commence its airfield upgrades at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Airport runway upgrades rescheduled for evenings

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.

Airports authority seeks to sign late-night taxi operators

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is working to approve 50 additional taxi operators to serve Owen Roberts International Airport. An unspecified number of those would operate from 4pm to 6am, in an effort to address late-night flight arrivals.

Cayman seeks to purchase new police helicopter

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is in the process of acquiring a new helicopter to replace the one damaged at Owen Roberts International Airport in February. Cabinet approved the purchase this week.

Airport seeks bidder to build passenger lounge

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is inviting companies with experience operating luxury lounges to design, construct and operate a full-service passenger lounge at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Automated kiosks in works for airport security

An automated kiosk system for immigration and border control is expected to be piloted for travellers entering Owen Roberts International Airport.

Airport blast wall planned, wells drilled

Recently drilled wells are designed to keep the section of Crewe Road that skirts the end of the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport from flooding during heavy rains.

Music students entertain passing travellers to raise funds

Between intercom announcements and the chatter of busy travellers, the sounds of cello and trumpet filled the Owen Roberts International Airport corridor on Saturday.

Car crashes into airport building

Police arrested a 31-year-old man for DUI on Friday night after a grey Porsche SUV crashed into a building at the airport.

Airport officials deny overheating in terminal

Owen Roberts International Airport officials denied Monday that the air conditioning at the airport failed on Saturday, a claim that appeared in a Facebook posting that complained of excessive heat and crowding in the departure area.

Private plane emergency landing closes airport

Emergency services were on standby at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Tuesday afternoon as a private plane made an emergency landing.

Sports tourism helps boost numbers

The CARIFTA track and field event has been credited with boosting tourism arrivals in April as the Cayman Islands notched up another record month.

Mail call: Another airport expansion on the horizon

It’s been less than two months since the ribbon was cut on an airport upgrade that more than quadrupled the terminal’s previous capacity. But now officials say it might soon be time for “serious discussions” about the next phase of expansion – building a second terminal. Cayman Islands Airports Authority CEO Albert Anderson told the Compass that arrivals and departures at Owen Roberts International Airport have outstripped projections.

EDITORIAL – Another airport expansion on the horizon

The million-dollar question (actually, closer to $100 million, according to ballpark cost estimates for a second terminal) is whether and how fast airport traffic will keep growing.

Cayman may need another new airport terminal soon

The redeveloped Owen Roberts International Airport was officially opened by Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in March, but airport bosses are already contemplating further expansion.

6 new security staff at airport

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority has hired six new airport security staff at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Art at the Airport beautifies Owen Roberts

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has partnered with the Cayman Islands Airports Authority for the Art at the Airport initiative, which has been developed by the Gallery to celebrate the reopening of the newly redeveloped Owen Roberts International Airport.

No conviction recorded in airport ammunition case

A 49-year-old man was granted an absolute discharge with no conviction recorded Tuesday for accidentally bringing a round of ammunition to Cayman in his luggage.

Airport development costs rise to nearly $68 million

The total estimated cost of the Owen Roberts International Airport upgrade was nearly $68 million as of last week, an increase of some $14 million from original contract prices.

Cayman Airways veterans share company history

Norman Bodden remembers the days when the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport was lit with kerosene lamps for night landings.

EDITORIAL – A royal visit to remember

To the legions of organisers, hosts, participants and spectators who helped make this week’s royal visit a heartwarming, rousing success: Thank you and well done. Together, we showed Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the world the very best of our ‘beloved isle, Cayman’.

Royal couple opens ‘bigger, better’ airport

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Cayman’s new airport terminal in front of a large crowd of dignitaries and well wishers Wednesday afternoon.

Where and when to see Charles and Camilla

The following is a schedule of public events and parking and transport arrangements for the royal visit  of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Traffic diversions for royal visit

Motorists are advised that traffic diversions will be in place around the airport and other landmarks during the royal visit on Wednesday and Thursday.

Public invited to attend royal events

Government has released a schedule of public events that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend on Wednesday and Thursday.

New police helicopter touches down

Cayman’s new Royal Cayman Islands Police helicopter arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday, greeted with a water cannon salute by the Fire Service.

Airport project will not be finished for opening ceremony

Government is holding an opening ceremony featuring Prince Charles next Wednesday for the redeveloped Owen Roberts International Airport terminal, but the project will not be finished by then.

Ready to soar: Special Olympians take off for Abu Dhabi

Cayman’s Special Olympic squad is en route to the Middle East to compete in the World Games alongside more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 countries.

EDITORIAL – A longer ‘runway’ is needed to meet infrastructure needs

The real question is not whether a longer runway would be useful today, next month or even next year, but rather many years into the future.

Airport seeks contractor to extend runway

With the new Owen Roberts International Airport terminal set to have its grand opening on March 27, government is planning the next upgrade at the facility: the lengthening of the runway, which will allow for larger planes and longer flights.

UPDATED: Police helicopter out of action after aborted takeoff

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter is temporarily out of action after its tail struck the ground and was damaged during takeoff at Owen Roberts International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

EDITORIAL – Miller ‘flying blind’ in complaints about CIAA recruitment

If Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller had to undergo emergency life-saving surgery, would he stop the doctors from scrubbing up, in order to check their immigration status? If he were being robbed, would he turn police away if he thought the responding officers were not from the Cayman Islands?

KAABOO performer in court for ganja

A woman who performed at KAABOO Cayman over the past weekend appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when she pleaded guilty to possession of a small quantity of ganja.

EDITORIAL – A royal welcome to Cayman’s royal visitors

When Prince Charles touches down on Grand Cayman next month, he will find an island much changed since his last official visit 46 years ago.

KAABOO on schedule after rain delays VIP event

Heavy rain forced KAABOO officials to postpone a VIP “sneak peek” event scheduled for Thursday evening, but organizers say the festival will go ahead as planned.

US State Department cites Cayman firearm policy

In Summary Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn drew attention to the website of the U.S. Department of State, which now lists the Cayman Islands in its travel advisory section.

US aviation company acquires Island Air

Ross Aviation has acquired Island Air, the fixed-base operator at Owens Roberts International Airport and at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac.

Airport sign gaffe widely shared on social media

In her recently released report on the unfinished Owen Roberts International Airport project, Auditor General Sue Winspear stated that there were 60 design errors and omissions made in the redevelopment’s plans.

Government responds to critical report on airport project

A day after the Office of the Auditor General released a scathing report about the cost overruns and delays in redeveloping the Owen Roberts International Airport terminal, government issued a response, explaining why the project will cost more than $10 million more than what was projected in September 2016.

EDITORIAL – An overview of overruns at Owen Roberts

While it is disappointing to see the airport renovation exceed its budget, we will not take issue with any of the individual changes – including hurricane-impact windows, canopies to shelter passengers and baggage, landscaping improvements, etc. – which, if anything, should have been incorporated into the designs (and the budget) from Day One.

More than $10 million in airport cost overruns

The total estimated cost of the Owen Roberts International Airport upgrade was around $64 million as of last August, an overrun of some $10.5 million from original contract prices, according to a report on the project from the Office of the Auditor General.

Government employee arrested for ganja at airport

Customs officers arrested a 35-year-old male returning to Cayman on Sunday for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the country. The unidentified man is an employee of the Department of Environmental Health, officials said.

More than 3 inches of rain recorded Sunday

Thunderstorms dumped more than three inches of rain on Grand Cayman on Sunday, flooding local roads and reportedly affecting traffic at Owen Roberts International Airport.

2018 rainfall 20 percent below average

Weather records show that 2018 was a dry year for Grand Cayman, with rainfall measured at Owen Roberts International Airport more than 20 percent below normal.

Cruise controversy and airport progress as tourism arrivals surge

Amid another record-breaking year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, one controversial development was never far from the headlines.

Miss Cayman Islands Universe returns from Thailand

Miss Cayman Islands Universe, Caitlin Tyson, returned home Sunday, still glowing from her time in Thailand, where she competed against 93 other Miss Universe contestants earlier this month.

Man boards plane in security breach

A man boarded a plane after bypassing security at Owen Roberts International Airport on Christmas Day, according to the Cayman Islands Airports Authority.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

Alleged conspirator testifies in cocaine case

An alleged conspirator in a plan to bring cocaine into the Cayman Islands gave evidence this week in the Grand Court trial of David Karl Lobo, 33, a Customs officer charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.

January airport opening scheduled

Airport officials are confident the overcrowding and long delays that impacted visitors this year can be avoided during the forthcoming tourism high season, despite an anticipated delay in unveiling completed renovations at the Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town.

New Cayman Airways jet arrives with fanfare

Pirates, politicians and hundreds of onlookers waited anxiously Friday afternoon for the arrival of Cayman Airways’ newest jet, the Boeing 737 Max 8 – the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

Search under way for girl’s lost bear

A family from Illinois visiting the Cayman Islands is desperate to find their little girl’s favorite “Bunny Bear” stuffed animal.

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