(CMR) American Airlines could soon start flying directly to the Cayman Brac, Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan revealed in Parliament on Thursday, 8 December. He also revealed that Sun Country Airlines will return to Cayman soon.
Mr Bryan who was responding to questions from his colleagues said he would make an official announcement about these developments soon.
“We have already seen agreements coming down the line where a national flight carrier from the United States will be flying directly into Cayman Brac as opposed to what is being proposed now where they have to fly to Grand Cayman, and then we service them to Cayman Brac,” Minister Bryan, who is expected to make an official announcement soon, said.
Mr. Bryan added that Cayman Brac has strong enough infrastructure, people and investment to be able to carry its own product.
However, MP Moses I. Kirkconnell, who welcomed the news of the air carrier flying directly to Cayman Brac, said Cayman Brac and Little Cayman cannot be fully developed without proper airlift in place. He pointed out the struggles with airlift out of Little Cayman and even Cayman Brac.
“Nothing can happen in those two islands until we get proper airlift and we are struggling to get proper airlift right now,” he said
Bryan, in response, revealed that there are also plans to purchase a new twin otter to address airlift issues. He said a paper will be brought to Cabinet to get the support to purchase the plane to address this problem.
Meantime, the Minister said Cayman can expect to see a return of frequent flights out of North America early next year.
Speaking on projected numbers, Mr. Bryan said the Ministry of Tourism is expecting 351,917 stayover visitors for 2023, 30 percent fewer that the number of visitors in 2019. Approximately 1.46 million cruise passengers are expected.