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More inter-island flights

Postby KarenS » Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:38 am

From Cayman Net News: "Two new Twin Otter aircraft have been purchased for the Cayman Airways Express inter-island air service, and two more round trip flights per day would be scheduled from the beginning of July.

Tourism Minister, the Hon Charles Clifford, who has responsibility for Cayman Airways Limited (CAL), announced the changes at the first People's Progressive Movement (PPM) meeting on Cayman Brac, held outside Kirkconnell's Market on Friday 2 June.

Mr Clifford explained that the lease on the two previous aircraft for the Express Service expired 29 May, and options for the continuation of uninterrupted service to the Sister Islands had been considered.

Making leasing arrangements is a time consuming process, so Government instructed the CAL Board of Directors to purchase two Twin Otter or similar aircraft.

Twin Otters are the safest in their category, and these are needed for the service because of the restrictions to operations at Little Cayman, said the Minister. However, they are in high demand and short supply, and there were only two available for sale.

The first of these planes is now on Grand Cayman, and the second is due to arrive 9 June, and will soon be put into service. They are in significantly better condition than the old aircraft, he noted.

Mr Clifford said that air-conditioning was better, and a voice from the audience added that the seats were nicer.

Mr Clifford also announced that, effective 1 July, the schedule for the Cayman Express Service would be increased from four to six round trip daily flights between the three Islands.

These six daily flights would run every day except for scheduled maintenance days, and even then, there would be five flights.

This is a significant increase from twenty-eight to forty flights per week from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, he pointed out.

Touching on extra section to the Sister Islands, the Minister said that Cayman Airways was always willing to put on extra flights so that the service was more user-friendly and attractive traveling to and from the Sister Islands.

The CAL Jet Service to Cayman Brac would continue to run four flights per week, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The Express Service has come under considerable criticism in recent months from residents of the Sister Islands because of a perceived lack of flight availability."
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