UPDATED: 1 April | 1:20 p.m.
Cayman Airways continued to experience delays Sunday after one of its jets was grounded after making contact with a jet bridge in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
CAL spokeswoman, Olivia Scott Ramirez said, “Cayman Airways Reservations agents have been directly contacting affected passengers who provided working phone numbers for their booking.”
“Passengers with travel plans for today can call Cayman Airways Reservations on 949-2311 for updates regarding their flight if they have not yet been contacted. No delays are expected after today” Mrs. Scott Ramirez added.
Although Mrs. Scott Ramirez initially said Cayman 27 was incorrect by reporting there were 94 passengers on board the aircraft when it hit the jet bridge, she now confirms that there were 45 from Kingston to Montego Bay and 49 from Cayman. The flight is scheduled to leave Grand Cayman to Kingston, then Kingston to Montego Bay, and from Montego Bay back to Grand Cayman.
No word from CAL when the aircraft will be fixed and put back into service.
UPDATED: 11:50 AM
Cayman Airways (CAL) have now released details of the aircraft that hit a jet bridge in Montego Bay, Jamaica some 14 hours after the incident.
According to CAL spokeswoman, Olivia Scott Ramirez, “the tip of the aircraft’s left wing came into contact with a jet bridge which was incorrectly positioned on the tarmac unknowingly to the marshaller directing the aircraft.”
She adds, “Although the captain detected the brief impact, it was not detectable to the 45 passengers on board, and the aircraft taxied to the gate normally.” We earlier reported that there were 94 passengers on board, but CAL officials say there were 45 passengers on.
“Subsequent maintenance checks confirmed the need for the aircraft to remain in Montego Bay until replacement parts are flown in for repairs.”
As a result, the flight’s onward departure to Grand Cayman was delayed out of Montego Bay, and was expected to arrive in Grand Cayman tonight around midnight.
Other flights were subsequently delayed up to an hour today, and some delays are anticipated for Saturday, 31 March, including:
- KX108 to Miami, now scheduled to depart at 5:20 p.m.
- KX590 to Washington, DC now scheduled to depart at 10:40 a.m.
- KX591 from Washington DC now scheduled to arrive in GCM at 6:40 p.m.
- KX105 to Cayman Brac now scheduled to depart Grand Cayman at 7:25 p.m.
Mrs. Scott Ramirez says Cayman Airways has been in contact with all affected passengers, but any further queries regarding existing reservations for the affected flights may be directed to Cayman Airways Reservations by calling 949-2311.
A Cayman Airways Boeing 737 jet hits a jet bridge in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The incident occurred around 9:40 a.m., Friday, 30 March.
The plane had just arrived from Kingston, Jamaica. There were 94 passengers on the aircraft. No injuries were reported. After inspection of the aircraft, a ground engineer decided to ground the plane. The aircraft was moved to another gate for repair.
According to an official, passengers were given the option to go to Grand Cayman via Miami on an alternate airline, be bussed to Kingston and catch the Cayman Airways night flight, or overnight in a hotel.
The official says there was minor damage to the jet bridge.