“I am very pleased that the CIAA has identified a cost-effective way to restore curbside access to the public, while remaining in compliance with international security requirements. Travelling is time sensitive and people need and expect a fast, efficient and convenient way to drop off or pick up travellers. This is a win-win solution that keeps safety as the top priority and delivers a better experience for the public.”
Hon. Kenneth Bryan, Minister for Tourism and Transport
(CMR) To the delight of many travelers curbside drop-offs and pick-ups have returned to Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA). CMR reported just a month ago that various parties were in discussion about the service being returned to the important after it was changed some 5 months ago.
Monday afternoon, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA), which operates the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) on Grand Cayman and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) on Cayman Brac, announced today that drivers approaching ORIA will be permitted curbside access for the purpose of dropping off or picking up passengers only, starting 14 February 2022.
However, for the safety of all Airport customers, vehicles entering the approach road to the ORIA terminal will be subject to security screening at the Airport Security Checkpoint Booth prior to curbside access being granted.
CIAA Chairman Johann Moxam noted that, “On behalf of the CIAA Board of Directors and Management we are pleased that our concerns have been addressed and we now have a viable solution that addresses all the previous safety & vehicular traffic concerns. We thank the public for their patience and assistance while the CIAA team worked through the issues with all stakeholders.”
Airport customers still have the option and are encouraged to use the drop-off zone in the Short-Term parking lot, located just before reaching the Airport Security Checkpoint Booth, which has been allocated for those persons dropping off departing passengers, or to park in the Short-Term parking lot to pick up arriving passengers. Parking is free for up to five minutes after which time the standard parking rates apply.
Airport customers exiting the Short-Term or Long-Term parking lots now have the added convenience of being able to pay their parking fees by credit or debit card at the exit machines.
The exit machines accept Mastercard and Visa cards and are equipped with an intercom help button should customers require assistance from an Airport Ground Transportation Officer. Customers may also pay their parking fees by cash at any one of the pay stations located inside the main airport terminal.