Cayman's Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, cuts the ribbon to launch CAL's inaugural nonstop flight from Grand Cayman to Roatan, flanked by (from right): Cayman Airways uniformed staff; Mr. Robert Watler, CAL Board Director; Mr. Philip Rankin, Chairman of CAL's Board of Directors; Mr. Fabian Whorms, CAL President and CEO; Mr. Jeffrey DaCost, CAL Board Director; Mr. Paul Tibbetts, CAL Executive Vice President and CFO; and Mr. Ivan Forbes, CAL Vice President of Airport Operations.
Cayman Airways has launched a new regional route connecting Grand Cayman and Roatan, Honduras, with twice-weekly nonstop flights.
The inaugural flight to Roatan, KX844, departed Grand Cayman on Thursday March 16, 2017 following a customary ribbon cutting ceremony by airline and government officials at Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA). The Cayman Islands Fire Service also conducted a traditional water-cannon salute of the aircraft as it entered the runway for takeoff.
“The Cayman Islands have had a long history with Honduras and particularly the Bay Islands,” explained the Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport. “New service between Grand Cayman and Roatan reconnects that link and will provide convenient travel options for Caymanians and inbound visitors. In addition to the direct service between our two countries, we also see opportunities to explore dual destination travel in the future.”
Cayman Airways President and CEO, Mr. Fabian Whorms said Cayman Airways was proud to add yet another international route to its growing list of destinations. Noting that Cayman Airways passengers will enjoy convenient same-day connections between Roatan and New York, Miami, and Tampa, Mr. Whorms said: “Grand Cayman acts as an extremely convenient hub between a number of destinations. Last year, we had a steady stream of passengers taking advantage of the connections Cayman Airways provides between Miami, La Ceiba and Grand Cayman, so adding Roatan as a Cayman Airways gateway not only broadens travel possibilities and increases connectivity options for our passengers, it also further enhances an already well-established relationship with Honduras.”
Mr. Whorms added that there are also connecting flight options between Roatan and Cayman Airways’ other regional markets, Kingston and Havana, and there are multiple connecting flight options to and from the Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
For the inaugural flight, the Boeing 737 aircraft was under the command of Captain Arlond Brooks, and touched down at Roatan’s Juan Manuel Glavez International Airport to a waiting crowd and a reciprocal water-cannon salute. To commemorate the service launch, a special press conference was held at the Roatan airport with: the Honduras Minister of Tourism, Mr. Emilio Silvestri; the Mayor of Roatan, Mr. Ricardo Merren; Chairman of the Cayman Airways Board of Directors, Mr. Philip Rankin, CPA; and Cayman Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fabian Whorms. Several other members of the Cayman Airways Board of Directors were also in attendance, along with various Roatan hoteliers, representatives of the Roatan tourism industry.
“Service between Grand Cayman and Roatan has been discussed for many years, so we are thrilled to celebrate this historic occasion for both our countries,” commented Mr. Philip Rankin.
Roatan is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, located 65km off the northern coast of Honduras. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, dive spots, and tropical wildlife. The island’s reef system is part of the Mesoamerican reef which boasts the largest marine biodiversity in the world, and is part of the second longest barrier reef in the world.
The nonstop flight to Roatan will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays, with flight KX884 departing Grand Cayman at 6:50pm, arriving in Roatan at 7pm (Roatan time).
The return flights are on Fridays and Sundays, with flight KX885 departing Roatan at 8:00am, arriving on Grand Cayman at 10:10am.
For flight details and to book, call Cayman Airways Reservations on 949-2311 (Cayman), (504)-2442-1075 (Honduras), contact any of the licensed travel agent partners in Cayman and Honduras, or book online at caymanairways.com.
At the press conference at the Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport in Roatan are (standing, from left): Brittany Andrade-Watler; Captain Arlond Brooks; Romeo Silvestri, CAL Country Representative in Roatan; Brian Seales, First Officer; and Deneita Bauer, Senior Cabin Crew Member. Seated in the front row are (from left) Fabian Whorms, Cayman Airways President and CEO; Phillip Rankin, CAL Chairman of the Board of Directors; Emilio Silvestri, Honduras Minister for Tourism; and Ricardo Merren, Mayor of Roatan.