Cayman Airways Limited (CAL), in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism & Transport, and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (DOT), is pleased to announce the resumption of its nonstop B737-8 jet service between Grand Cayman and New York (JFK) on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
“Cayman Airways has been serving the New York market since 2007, seeing passenger numbers grow from 28,000 in its first full year of operation to over 50,000 passengers annually,” said Cayman Airways’ Executive Vice President of Finance and Commercial Affairs, Paul Tibbetts. “Service to the Big Apple had been suspended since March of 2020 following the closure of the Cayman Islands’ borders to international commercial flights, but as the Cayman Islands begin to again welcome tourists to the islands, Cayman Airways is thrilled to continue its role of being a lever for strategic tourism and economic growth.”
The Minister for Tourism and Transport, the Hon. Kenneth Bryan, stated: “The New York service will be a welcomed addition to Cayman Airways' current schedule and marks an important milestone in the recovery of the Cayman Islands tourism industry. New York is a primary source market for the Cayman islands, given that a high percentage of our guests originate from the tri-state area. This Cayman Airways direct service provides an easy and convenient option for travellers wanting to visit our Islands from the Northeast United States and we look forward to extending our signature ‘Caymankind’ welcome when they arrive on our shores.”
Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands, Rosa Harris, added: “The Department of Tourism and Cayman Airways are sister agencies that work together to bolster visitation and deliver the economic benefits of tourism for the country. Both DOT and CAL are ready to market the destination and work with our partners on-island and the travel trade who sell the Cayman Islands to provide this essential air service. We know there is strong demand from our loyal visitors and residents who eagerly await leisure travel activities and a renewed lifestyle, supported by the confidence in having access to travel. Additionally, our local business community will benefit from having the return of this route as it connects the Cayman Islands to this important financial market. The Department of Tourism stands with Cayman Airways as a strategic partner in making the return to New York a success in the country's reopening borders strategy.”
The resumption of the National Airline’s New York/Grand Cayman route will see four flights per week between Owen Roberts International Airport and New York’s JFK International Airport, operated by the airline’s brand-new state-of-the-art Boeing 737-8 aircraft.