Air Travel

Several carriers offer frequent nonstop or direct flights between North America and Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport. Flying time from New York is about four hours, just over an hour from Miami. Only small STOL propeller aircraft serve Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Airports

Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport (GCM) is a modern facility located in the western, busier section of the island, roughly 2 miles (3 km) east of George Town. The current multimillion-dollar expansion and general upgrade (to meet the projected increase in arrivals over the next two decades) should be completed by late 2012. The airport is about 15 minutes from hotels situated along Seven Mile Beach, about 30 to 45 minutes from the East End and West Bay lodgings, and 10 minutes from George Town. Cayman Brac's Gerrard Smith Airport (CYB) can accommodate smaller jets, while Little Cayman's Edward Bodden Airstrip can only accommodate prop aircraft due to runway limitations.

Airport Information

Edward Bodden Airstrip. Little Cayman, KY3-2501. 345/948–0021.

Gerrard Smith International Airport. Cayman Brac, KY2-2101. 345/948–1222.

Owen Roberts International Airport. Grand Cayman. 345/943–7070.

Ground Transportation

In Grand Cayman, ground transportation is available immediately outside the customs area of the airport. Taxis aren't metered, but fares are government-regulated (about $15–$30 to resorts along Seven Mile Beach, $60 to the East End). Be sure, however, to confirm the fare before getting into the taxi and whether the price quoted is in U.S. or Cayman dollars.

Round-trip airport transfers are generally included (or at least offered) by hotels on the Sister Islands, where most accommodations sit within 10 minutes' drive of the airports.

Taxis are always available at Grand Cayman's airport. They don't dependably meet flights on the Sister Islands, so make sure your resort or villa company has made arrangements.

Flights

All nonstop and direct air service is to Grand Cayman, with connecting flights to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman on a small propeller plane. Cayman Airways offers nonstops from several destinations, including Miami, New York–JFK, and Tampa. All operate several times weekly except Miami, which is daily. American offers nonstop daily service from Miami. Delta flies weekly from Detroit, Minneapolis, and New York–JFK, and several times weekly from its Atlanta hub. United flies weekly from Washington Dulles and Newark, and daily from Houston. U.S. Airways offers daily nonstop service from Charlotte and weekly flights from Boston and Philadelphia. Cayman Airways also flies to both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Canadian carrier WestJet flies nonstop three times weekly from Toronto. There's also interisland charter service on Island Air.

Airline Contacts

American Airlines. 345/949–0666; www.aa.com.

Cayman Airways. 345/949–2311.

Delta. 345/945–8430.

Island Air. 345/949–5252; www.islandair.ky.

United. United 800/241–6522; www.united.com.

WestJet. WestJet 888/937–8538; www.westjet.com.

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