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Airport fence smashed in one of 25 weekend accidents

A woman who drove an SUV through the Owen Roberts International Airport fence Saturday night was one of 25 car accidents reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police this weekend.

Cause of Cayman Airways engine malfunction unknown

Cayman Airways does not yet know the cause of a mechanical issue that forced the emergency landing of a B737-800 aircraft bound for Tampa, Florida, earlier this month.
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Customs officers arrest three in drug bust

Customs officers arrested two people for drug offenses at Owen Roberts International Airport on Friday, and later arrested another man in West Bay.

Engine problem forces Cayman Airways emergency landing

A Cayman Airways flight destined for Tampa, Florida, was forced to turn back to Grand Cayman on Thursday because of engine trouble. Flight KX200 had to make an emergency landing.

US Marines use Grand Cayman as staging area for hurricane aid

Hurricane relief came swooping in to Owen Roberts International Airport in three Super Stallion helicopters Monday afternoon.

UPDATE: Cayman’s airport offers shelter from, staging area for Hurricane Irma

Civilian and military aircraft are converging upon Grand Cayman's airport, either fleeing from Hurricane Irma or on their way to provide emergency relief to affected areas.

Airport project halfway to completion

A project to renovate and expand Grand Cayman’s international airport is halfway to completion, officials said this week. The development will triple the size of the Owen Roberts International Airport terminal.

Premier outlines capital projects, policies on opening day of LA

With the next four years being his last term as the leader of the territory’s government, Premier Alden McLaughlin said on Wednesday in the Legislative Assembly that he “will be leaving everyone on the field” to ensure that his administration delivers on its promises to the Cayman Islands.

Police, government still reviewing deadly road accident at airport

A month after a deadly auto-pedestrian crash killed a visiting doctor at Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport, both local police and government officials are still reviewing the incident.

Car stolen from airport car park

A car was stolen from the parking lot of Owen Roberts International Airport Thursday, police reported. The bronze-colored 2016 Kia Sorento, with a license plate of T5391, was parked after 5 a.m. and was taken some time before 7:15 a.m., according to police.

Fire drills raise smoke

Plumes of dark smoke visible over George Town are part of training exercises for firefighter recruits, according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service. The exercises are being conducted at the training grounds behind Owen Roberts International Airport.

EDITORIAL-Make the beds, company’s coming

Tourism officials are predicting another record-breaking year for stay-over visitors in the Cayman Islands. That is something to applaud, even if you do not happen to lead sightseeing tours, let out rooms or serve up gourmet fare.

Police seek more witnesses to fatal airport crash

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is seeking additional witnesses to the July 17 auto-pedestrian crash at Owen Roberts International Airport that killed a visiting Jamaican doctor. A 69-year-old taxi driver arrested in connection with the smash.

Cayman on target for 400,000 air arrivals

Tourist air arrivals are continuing to increase, with the Cayman Islands on course to attract a record number of more than 400,000 visitors this year.

Taxi driver arrested in doctor’s death

A 69-year-old taxi van driver was arrested late Tuesday in connection with this week’s accident that killed a visiting doctor at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Taxi driver arrested in fatal airport crash

The taxi van driver involved in Monday’s fatal auto-pedestrian crash at Owen Roberts International Airport has been arrested.

Visiting Jamaican doctor dies from accident injuries

A Jamaican doctor who died Tuesday from injuries she suffered after being struck by a taxi van at Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport was remembered by her colleagues as a pioneer in the field of women’s health.

UPDATE: Visiting doctor dies from crash injuries

A visiting doctor who was struck by a taxi van and seriously injured Monday at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts International Airport has succumbed to her injuries.

Update: Visitor critical after airport smash

A female visitor who police said was struck by a taxi van Monday morning at Owen Roberts International Airport was seriously injured in the auto-pedestrian crash.

Queen’s Baton passes into Cayman hands

The Queen’s Baton found its way into the hands of Cayman residents this weekend, when it made the rounds of several of the most scenic points of interest on Grand Cayman.

Queen’s Baton arrives in Cayman on Friday

It’s been a trek four months in the making, but the Queen’s Baton, the Commonwealth’s equivalent to the Olympic flame, will land in Cayman on Friday as part of its 388-day journey leading up to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

EDITORIAL: Airport screening: It may be time to try ‘smarter’

In the early days of air travel, passengers would wear their finest clothes. Today, just to clear airport security, they must practically undress. We line up...

Longer wait times likely at Owen Roberts International Airport

Already struggling with long passenger lines on many weekends and holidays, the Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman may have increased wait times as new security measures are put in place.

Son of well-known Cayman family dies from accident injuries

Thomas Rupert Hubbell, the son of Cayman aviation and scuba diving pioneer Tom Hubbell Sr., died Monday from injuries suffered in a June 30, 2016 car crash. The younger Mr. Hubbell was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the one-car crash on Shamrock Road near Spotts Dock last June.

Southwest lands as Cayman’s newest airline

It was a short flight for Southwest Airlines and a giant introduction to the Cayman Islands. Owen Roberts International Airport welcomed a milestone Sunday, when the inaugural Southwest flight arrived from Fort Lauderdale.

Cayman customs intercepts illegal ganja oils at airport

Cayman’s Customs Department reported two cases of illegal ganja imports and undeclared vape pens were intercepted at Owen Roberts International Airport last week. Cayman’s Customs Department reported two cases of illegal ganja imports and undeclared vape pens were intercepted at Owen Roberts International Airport last week.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Romanians feel impact of visa change

Cayman’s small Romanian community is beginning to feel the impact of new visa requirements apparently introduced in response to a handful of credit card crimes committed by tourists from the eastern European country.

Cayman swimmers triumphant after Carifta championships

Cayman’s swimmers, who won a record 47 medals in the pool and three more in open water at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas earlier this month, were greeted by a boisterous crowd at Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday.

Customs intercepts illegal drugs, firearm at airport

Two people were detained at the Owen Roberts International Airport Monday for importing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Airport construction work will disrupt traffic

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority is advising that traffic flow around the Owen Roberts International Airport will be disrupted starting on Monday, March 13, in order to facilitate construction work.

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Progress report on airport renovations

Renovations to Owen Roberts International Airport are a quarter finished, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority has reported. The project is expected to triple the airport’s size and allow passage of 2.5 million travelers a year.

Cuban migrants deported to Havana

Twenty Cuban migrants were repatriated from Owen Roberts International Airport to Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday in a joint effort between the Department of Immigration and the prison service.

In the slow lane at Owen Roberts

What happened with the promised “green lane” for customs at Owen Roberts International Airport, which was supposed to operate like Miami and Heathrow, where passengers with nothing to declare can just walk through?

Collision takes down airport fence

A vehicular collision reported around 1 a.m. Thursday brought a portion of the Owen Roberts International Airport fencing along Crewe Road near Larkspur Way. No vehicle or driver were found at the scene.

Cayman waves farewell to airport gallery

Cayman waved a fond farewell Tuesday to a unique and much loved feature of the island’s airport. For decades, families have greeted arriving relatives and waved goodbye to loved ones from beneath the distinctive A-frame of the waving gallery overlooking the tarmac at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

Gov’t warned about fire truck rollovers after 2005 incident

The Cayman Islands Fire Service was warned in October 2005 about the potential for its fire engines to tip over at relatively low turning speeds, the Cayman Compass can reveal. The warning came after a police investigation of a rollover accident involving a T-2500 model fire engine in January 2005.

Cayman experiences driest, one of hottest years on record

Grand Cayman experienced the driest and one of the hottest years on record in 2016, according to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service. Data from Owen Roberts International Airport indicated rainfall at less than half the 30-year average of 56.2 inches.

Police helicopter helps with medical evacuation

The police helicopter was called out last week to help transfer a 58-year-old female patient from Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital to Grand Cayman. According to a police press release, the woman was in need of urgent medical attention from specialists at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town.

Souvenir bullets land traveler in court

Two bullets kept as souvenirs cost a tourist $1,000 when she appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm.

A Christmas welcome for airport arrivals

‘Calypso’ the parrot, the mascot of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, gave travelers at Owen Roberts International Airport a surprise Saturday when he and Santa handed out gifts to passengers and posed for photos.

Airport ‘waving gallery’ to close

The popular outdoor waving gallery at Owen Roberts International Airport will be closed from mid-January as part of the airport expansion and redevelopment project. The closure is necessary for the Cayman Islands Airports Authority to comply with international security regulations, a press release said.

Airport discusses hazardous wildlife

After two cattle egrets flew into the engines of a plane at Owen Roberts International Airport on Oct. 2, 2009, taking out an engine and a measurement instrument, all passengers had to be deplaned and put on other flights. The aircraft was unavailable for five days.

New customs channels at airport

The Customs Department at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman has introduced red and green customs channels in a bid to streamline the duty declaration system.

Pirates plunder airport for feedback

Pirates usually prefer to get around by ship, but Saturday, a pack of buccaneers pillaged the departure lounge at the Owen Roberts International Airport. It was not gold doubloons they were seeking from travelers, but data.

‘Leave firearms behind’ judge tells tourist; orders her to pay court cost

A tourist with a bullet in her bag stayed in Cayman three days and three nights longer than she had planned after being stopped at the airport. Ultimately, the magistrate explained that if a visitor is a responsible, productive individual with no previous convictions, then the court can decide not to record a conviction and can discharge them absolutely.

EDITORIAL – What’s on deck for Cayman’s tourism sector

Prepare to weigh anchor, Cayman: We are about to embark upon another banner season for our tourism industry.

Renovation work to reduce space at airport check-in area

As expansion work on the Owen Roberts International Airport continues, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority is advising travelers to expect some inconvenience at the check-in area of the airport from Monday.

EDITORIAL – Hurricane Matthew: Embracing our role as host and haven

Along with the rest of humanity, we in Cayman will send our prayers, empathy and material assistance to the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Cayman has experienced the cataclysmic consequences of a major hurricane at much too near a distance, that is, firsthand.

US military takes off from Cayman for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

United States Marine Corps helicopters took off from Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport Wednesday, headed to Jamaica to be ready to move disaster relief supplies into Haiti. Four large U.S. military helicopters landed on Grand Cayman Tuesday, the first of two waves of Marines and U.S. Army personnel.

EDITORIAL – At the airport: No free rides

For the sake of the $55 million airport renovation project, we can understand months of inconvenience. What we can’t understand is extorting passengers, for the sake of $2 a pop.

Fogger used to clear birds from airport

Operations staff at the Owen Roberts International Airport are using new equipment – a fogger – to reduce the number of bird at the airport. According to a statement issued by the Cayman Islands Airports Authority Tuesday, its Operations Department in collaboration with the Safety Office, is now using “an environmentally safe device” to keep the birds away.

Passengers warned over months of inconvenience as airport expands

Airport officials have urged passengers to be patient and warned there may be months of inconvenience ahead as work on the multi-million dollar expansion of the facility intensifies. Temporary fencing had been installed near the entrance to the check-in hall Monday and passengers were being diverted around the construction zone on makeshift walkways.

‘Human error’ blamed for CAL incident on outgoing flight

Cayman Airways chief Fabian Whorms on Thursday blamed “human error” for a Tuesday incident in which locking pins prevented retraction of landing gears on an outgoing flight, forcing it to return to Owen Roberts International Airport.

Arrest for writing ‘indecent words’ on declaration card

A traveler was arrested by Cayman’s Customs Department for disorderly conduct after he wrote “indecent words” on his declaration card.

Magistrate advises not using ‘gun bag’ for travel

A woman who expected to leave the island on Aug. 19 had her stay extended four days because of a bullet found in her hand luggage at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Airport parking

Parking headache

EDITORIAL – The Owen Roberts bemusement park

Our fervent wish is that we could approach a parking machine at Grand Cayman’s airport and not be greeted with a warning sign, an error message or a device that is obviously nonfunctional.

New airport parking system, same problems

Some customer service problems that have plagued Grand Cayman’s airport parking facilities for a number of years have not been corrected since the installation of a new automated system, and new problems were temporarily brought on by a recent lightning strike, according to airport officials.

Compromise reached with airport retailers

Existing retailers at the Owen Roberts International Airport will be given preferential treatment in the bid process for space in the newly renovated terminal after officials and tenants reached a compromise.
British Airways' Boeing 777 aircraft arrives in the Cayman Islands.

New jet brings added capacity

British Airways’ new Boeing 777 aircraft will offer increased luxury and added capacity into the Cayman Islands from the U.K., officials said Friday.

Final flight for BA jet

Airport staff bid farewell to an old friend Wednesday when the last British Airways Boeing 767-300 jet departed the Cayman Islands.

Saab plane damaged for second time at airport

The newest plane in Cayman Airways’ fleet will be out of action for around two weeks after being damaged in stormy weather over the weekend.

Deal signed for airport upgrade

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority signed a contract Wednesday with building contractor McAlpine for a $42.5 million project which will almost triple the size of the airport’s terminal buildings.

UPDATED: Roads re-opened after airport emergency exercise

The Civil Aviation Authority's large-scale airport emergency exercise is now under way.

EDITORIAL – Travel plan: Quality, quantity or both?

In terms of tourism, is the Cayman Islands a “quantity” destination or a “quality” destination?

Airport fence damaged in crash

The Owen Roberts International Airport perimeter fence was damaged Thursday afternoon when a car smashed into the fence during a downpour.

Travel to United States now requires biometric passports

New travel requirements are causing problems for some individuals who attempt to travel to or through the U.S. without a biometric passport.

Seven new airport security staff start work

After a week of intensive training, seven Airport Security Unit recruits will begin work at the Owen Roberts International Airport this week.

Cayman Airways plane damaged by private jet

The newest addition to Cayman Airways fleet, its 34-seat Saab prop plane, was damaged last week by the jet blast of a nearby private aircraft, according to the airline.

Cayman Airways reshuffles schedule to limit delays

Cayman Airways has canceled its flight from Cayman Brac to the eastern Cuban city of Holguin, just three months after the route was launched.

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