Cayman Airways cancels Kingston-bound flights after a lightning strike forces the Normal Manley International Airport to close.
According to a Cayman Airways statement issued this afternoon (9 September) on Friday 8 September Cayman Airways flights KX606 and KX607 between Grand Cayman and Kingston were delayed due to limited operations at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) as a result of a lightning strike which caused “significant equipment failure for air traffic control in Kingston.”
The airspace at that airport was closed today and Cayman Airways’ Kingston-bound flight KX600, which was scheduled to depart Grand Cayman at 7 a.m., and KX601, which was scheduled to depart Kingston at 8:55 a.m., were delayed while awaiting an update from NMIA.
Around 11 a.m. NMIA confirmed that the airport will remain closed until at least 7 p.m. today, causing the cancellation of Cayman Airways flights KX600 and KX601.
Cayman Airways says it has added recovery flights for Sunday morning (10 September) to accommodate all affected passengers.
Those flights: KX3600 will depart Grand Cayman at 11 a.m. and arrive in Kingston at Noon. Flight KX3601 will depart Kingston at 12:50 p.m. and arrive on Grand Cayman at 1:55 p.m.
All affected passengers will be be automatically rolled on to the recovery flights, but passengers are asked to call Cayman Airways Reservations on to reconfirm their reservations.