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Runway reinforcement coming for 777’s

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.

Runway reinforcement coming for 777sThe 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.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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