Cayman Airways told Cayman 27 it’s planning some big changes in the way people get from our country to Cuba.
Starting in April, the airline plans to discontinue the route from Cayman Brac to Holguin, and start flights from the Brac into Havana.
“We’re three months into the new destination. We’re not over the moon with its performance, but we’re not dissatisfied with its performance either,” said Cayman Airways CEO
Fabian Whorms its route from Cayman Brac to the Eastern Cuban city of Holguin is doing well enough to sustain the service.
But he says other service changes have made the airline rethink its strategy.
“One of the things that we’ve done recently, in an effort to improve our on-time performance, is that we’ve discontinued two overnight flights per week that we had from Grand Cayman to Havana,” said Mr. Whorms.
He said increased costs to overnight aircraft and crew in Havana also factored into the decision.
“What this does is it cuts our capacity. So how do we get back some of our capacity, because the demand is still there,” said Mr. Whorms.
Mr. Whorms told Cayman 27 the airline decided to discontinue service from Cayman Brac to Holguin, and instead serve Havana from the Brac.
He said the airline is waiting final confirmation on the time slot before putting tickets on-sale.
“What the public can expect is that from April 2, we will be serving Havana from Cayman Brac instead of Holguin,” said Mr. Whorms.
He said this move will preserve the airline’s capacity into the Cuban capital for now, but with Cuba expected to open further, the strategy will adjust accordingly.
“If the demand reduces at some point, then we will reduce our capacity to match that reduction in demand. We are not going to fly in there an lose money,” said Mr. Whorms.
Mr. Whorms told Cayman 27 he doesn’t expect increased airlift from the united states to Cuba to materialise until the latter part of 2016.
He said tickets will go on sale for the Brac to Havana route, once the time slot is officially approved by the Cuban authorities.