(CMR) According to exclusive CMR sources, Cayman Airways Ltd. (CAL) will be bringing in persons a flight from Miami on Friday. Our sources indicate that at least 100 persons will be inbound from Miami via World Atlantic Airlines flights which are being chartered by Cayman Airways.
KX3113 will be leaving Miami at 11:00 am on Friday to arrive in Grand Cayman. In order to be on that list persons should have already contacted the emergency travel hotline. KX3102 will be leaving Cayman as an outbound at 11:00 am and heading to Miami.
The two planes will cross paths in air. Sources confirm that two separate outbound flights will be leaving Cayman on Friday. World Atlantic will overnight in Cayman with employees staying at the Comfort Suites. The World Atlantic flight will then travel onto Nicaragua on Saturday.
Anyone wishing to leave Cayman should have placed their name on a list with the emergency travel hotline call center at 244-3333 or email [email protected].
CMR understands that plane holds about 140 persons and the airline will be doing their best to practice social distancing by only taking half a load and spacing persons out.
Additionally, there will be two outbound flights to Nicaragua on Saturday as well to allow those nationals to return home to their country. CAL does not normally fly directly to Nicaragua but since Honduran airports remain closed they will be conducting this special operations flight.
KX3070 will be leaving Saturday morning at 8:30 am leaving and coming as a ferry with no passengers. Cayman Airways will also be going to Nicaragua on Saturday as well. Details of those flights will be made available later on.
There are numerous Caymanians and residents still stuck overseas; some after traveling for medical treatment and are unable to return. In one instance, the person is having additional medical procedures this month but wanted to know the long term plan for residents. Sharing their frustrations exclusively with CMR they said:
“This has been a very frustrating experience as we need to come home after this procedure but cannot get any indication of what the long term plans are. I don't even understand why it's so hard to get through to the emergency travel line or phone number.”
CMR tested the phone number last week and it was answered by an employee so indicated they have five lines in operation and if it rings out that means that all five operators are assisting other callers and they should keep trying. The email address also shows a permanent fatal error message but the employees advised that email is being received despite that error:
CMR is also aware of several persons stranded in Texas after being there from February for medical treatments. There has been no indication of any direct flights from Texas as yet.
CAL employees are concerned about working protocol in light of the risk involved with COVID-19 on flights and whether or not they will be quarantined upon returning from overseas.