It’s a big week for Cayman Airways and its growing fleet.
Friday, the highly anticipated Boeing 737-800 is expected to make its debut, and Tuesday, the national flag carrier welcomed its second 34-seat Saab to its Cayman Brac service.
The Minister of Tourism told Cayman 27 improvements to the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport and the advent of the twin turboprop aircraft and their ripple effects on the Brac’s economy.
“It seems like only last month I was here as we welcomed the first Saab,” joked Premier Alden McLaughlin.
Tuesday, Cayman Airways celebrated the arrival of the fleet’s second Saab 340 b+ turboprop, Mr. Kirkconnell said the dual 34-seaters go beyond adding comfort and reliability to the Brac route.
“I just want to take a minute for us to think about the number of jobs that have been created around this airport,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
He told Cayman 27 improvements to CKIA and the added airlift of the two Saabs have created 37 jobs on Cayman Brac.
“When you look at it from the direct jobs that were created and the indirect jobs, you start realising that the economy is pointing the right way, that things are starting to change,” he said.
“Thirty some jobs in a community as small as ours? That’s a big deal, and job opportunity in the Brac is seldom, it’s scarce,” said Cayman Brac District Commissioner Ernie Scott. “When most people get onto a job, especially a government job, they tend to stick with it through thick and thin.”
“When most people get onto a job, especially a government job, they tend to stick with it through thick and thin.”
Mr. Scott said Brackers young and old are inspired by the airline, and the Caymanian men and women who fly for them.
“Everytime I see a Cayman Airways plane fly overhead it makes me feel proud,” said Mr. Scott. “The kids, they use the likes of the Steve Scotts and the others, they look up to them, it’s a big deal.”
The 37 new airport jobs are in a variety of settings including back-office staff, call centre workers counter positions, customs and immigration officers, firefighters, as well as a number of airports authority positions.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: a previous version of this story incorrectly listed the model of aircraft due to arrive Friday as a 737-800 max. While Cayman Airways plans to add these to its fleet in the near future, the aircraft to arrive Friday is a 737-800.