(CMR) Cayman Airways got off to a bumpy start this morning with it's two scheduled repatriations flights to Kingston Jamaica were canceled leaving passengers stranded at the airport hours after their scheduled departure.
Cayman Marl Road spoke to several persons off camera including an elderly couple who were both in wheelchairs waiting on someone to collect them some four hours after their initial departure time. They appeared confused about the exact reason for the delay.
However, another passenger shared they were told that an “AP system” was non-operational. Whilst he had no clue what that was it does appear to be some sort of a communications system. The issue was not discovered until passengers had boarded the plane and were all set for departure.
KX 3600, 3601 and 3602 were all canceled as a result of the issues. Indications are that the plane was to leave at 10:00 and arrive in Kingston at 11:05 am. That flight would have returned empty and then fly back to Jamaica at 2:30 pm to carry additional passengers into Kingston. Sources shared that last least 80 persons were impacted by the issue.
Some irate passengers remained inside the airport “cussing and carrying on”. CMR witnessed some outside waiting on someone to collect them. They were told that it may be possible for them to leave tomorrow but more information needs to be confirmed.
Cayman Airways shared the following:
“The Cayman Airways 737-300 jet aircraft scheduled to operate today's repatriation flights between Grand Cayman and Kingston developed a problem with one of its radio communications systems just prior to the boarding of the first flight this morning. Unfortunately, other aircraft were on scheduled maintenance and this situation ultimately resulted in the cancellation of today's Kingston flights, which have now been re-scheduled for Thursday July 23, 2020.”