April 20, 2024

Cayman Airways Launching Barbados Fall Flights

by Brian More
Last updated: 10:15 PM ET, Monday July 24, 2023

Cayman Airways will launch direct flights between the Cayman Islands’ Owen Roberts International Airport and Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport this fall, in a significant expansion of the carrier’s regional service, Cayman and Barbados government and tourism officials said Monday.

The new flights are “part of our broader route diversification strategy aimed at expanding and maximizing global connectivity” of the government-owned airline fleet, Cayman Islands tourism minister Kenneth Bryan said at a media briefing.

Bryan said the new developments are the third new route launch announced by the Caymanian carrier this year, as part of a strategy to expand the airline’s operations “in the eastern Caribbean market.”

The twice-weekly flights are expected to begin on October 18, pending regulatory approvals, officials said. Bryan said Cayman Airways is “looking to” add service to two additional destinations in the United States by the end of the year.

Kenneth Bryan Cayman Islands tourism minister

“This new service is a game changer for regional connectivity.” – Kenneth Bryan, Cayman Islands Minister of Tourism. (Photo by Brian Major)

“This new service is game-changing for regional connectivity,” said Bryan. “It will provide a faster and cheaper alternative to travel between the Cayman Islands and Barbados than any other routes currently on the market.”

With the new flights “it will be possible to travel from one side of the Caribbean to the other within the same day without connecting through Miami,” Bryan said.

“I know that for all the Bajans who are island and Caribbean nationals here who call these islands home, this unprecedented level of connectivity will be welcome,” Bryan added.

The new service will include the introduction of a second weekly Cayman Airways departure to Los Angeles, Bryan said.

“I am confident that this service will be successful as Barbados has previously partnered with Cayman Airways to provide a service charter,” said Ian Gooding-Edghill, Barbados’ tourism minister.

“We’ve studied those successful charters,” Gooding-Edghill said, “and they’ve been the backbone of the establishment of this service starting later this year.” He called the new flights “timely,” adding that they are scheduled to begin one day before the start of the Barbados Food and Rum Festival.

Additionally, Cayman Islands-Barbados flights will give travelers access to flights from Barbados to Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago, “making travel up and down the Caribbean island chain strategically effortless,” Bryan said.

The new flights will also provide key tourism benefits including “[allowing] visitors from European markets including Germany, and Finland to reach the Cayman Islands more directly, Bryan said.

He added, “The service will also extend our reach within the UK by adding connectivity from major airports [and] offering better flight times through different gates.”

Bryan said the international route the 55-year-old airline previously flew over the United States “to places like Jamaica, Honduras and Cuba. This is the first time a scheduled service has been offered to a destination in the eastern Caribbean.”

Bryan added, “The vision is to expand [Cayman Airways’]
connectivity to key locations located to the north, south, east and west of our island.”

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