Work is expected to start later this year on reinforcing the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport to accommodate Boeing 777 airliners but not until sometime after the larger British Airways jets begin using the airport in George Town this July.
The 777-200’s will replace the 767’s in use currently between Cayman and London via Nassau.
Cayman Islands Airports Authority chairman Albert Anderson says the reinforcement work is not immediately necessary and is already built into the airport’s Master Plan.
“It’s something we need to do,” he said, “and we’ve had some analysis done on our runway and we can handle that aircraft for a couple of years before we actually need to strengthen it. We’re going to get it done before that, but we don’t need to do it before July.”
Mr. Anderson says his team has been working with British Airways staff on the operational changes that will be required when the new models begin arriving.