The Cayman Islands Back in Business



    All Clear Issued for Grand Cayman, Saturday August 30, 2008

    GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The government of the
Cayman Islands has issued the All Clear from Hurricane Gustav for Grand Cayman
as of 12:00 p.m. EDT today. Assessments are still being done in the Sister
Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac therefore the All Clear has not yet
been given for them.
    The Cayman Islands returns to business as usual tomorrow, August 31,
2008. Owen Roberts International Airport has already re-opened for inbound and
outbound flights, allowing visitors from Canada to resume travel into Grand
Cayman. Please find below the updated flight schedule for Cayman Airways, the
national flag carrier of the Cayman Islands, along with the destination's
additional travel partners. All travellers should check in with their planned
airlines and hotel properties prior to arrival to reconfirm their
reservations.
    A statement from His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack:
    "It is essentially business as usual in the Cayman Islands. We are still
assessing damage, but initial reports indicate that Gustav caused little
damage to our country. There are no reports of any serious injuries or
fatalities.
    The All Clear has been issued for Grand Cayman, and the Owen Roberts
International Airport has reopened as of 1:00 p.m. EDT today. Major businesses
also will resume operations shortly.
    Since the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the Cayman Islands has
continued to systematically improve its capacity to withstand hurricanes, as
well as other hazards that have the potential to affect us.
    Gustav is now a category three hurricane, as it moves away from the
Cayman Islands. The people of Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the entire Gulf
Coast are in our thoughts and prayers as we monitor this powerful storm."
    Cayman Airways' flight operations update due to the impact of Gustav is
below. Flights scheduled for today Saturday, August 30th are as follows:

    
    Flight
    No.                          Depart    Arrive
    ----------------------------------------------
    201     from Tampa           3:20p     4:00p

    3105    from Miami           3:30p     3:55p

    105     from Miami           4:05p     4:27p

    106     to Miami             5:15p     7:39p

    105     to Cayman Brac       5:25p     5:55p

    406     from Cayman Brac     6:45p     7:15p

    107     from Miami           8:55p     9:20p


    All scheduled flights for Sunday, August 31st will operate as scheduled
except for the following cancellation:

    -  KX793 JFK-GCM (August 31)
    

    Additional flights from South Florida to Grand Cayman will likely be
scheduled. For the latest and most accurate flight information passengers are
advised to check the Cayman Airways website at www.caymanairways.com or with
the Cayman Airways Reservations Department at 345-949-2311.
    Other air carrier information:

    
    -  Air Jamaica: Will not operate today
    -  American Airlines: Will resume normal operations tomorrow. First
       flight will be AA1018 which departs at 1:00 p.m.
    -  British Airways: Operational today and expected to arrive Grand
       Cayman at 3:00 p.m.
    -  Continental Airlines: Today's Houston flight is operational;
       however, Newark has been cancelled
    -  Delta Air Lines: Normal operations will resume tomorrow
    -  US Airways: Will resume normal operations tomorrow.
    -  Air Canada: Reconfirm reservations by checking with your local
       travel agent or www.aircanada.com for flight status
    

    Located 480 miles south of Miami in the western Caribbean, this trio of
tiny islands is a premier destination for discerning travellers, honeymooners
and families. World renowned for its beaches and diving spots, and a leading
international financial centre, the Cayman Islands offer exciting recreational
opportunities along with friendly, high quality, modern service. Air Canada
offers non-stop flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, and daily flights to
Miami connecting to Grand Cayman on Cayman Airways. Other options are
available with US carriers through the United States. Cayman Airways also
provides daily flights to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. To learn more about
the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky or speak
to your local travel agent.





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