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Getting to the Cayman Islands

Getting to Grand Cayman

The impact of Covid on travel to the Cayman Islands has significantly eased over the last few months and as of February 2022 most airlines have resumed their normal weekly service. The Cayman Islands are well serviced by a number of international airlines (see below), as well by Cayman Airways which offers direct flights to a number of destinations.

The main gateway to Cayman is Miami, with at least four flights per day between the two destinations.

Cayman Airways is the national carrier and currently offers direct flights to nine destinations: Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Miami, Cuba (Havana), Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay), Honduras (Le Cieba and Roatan), Denver (Seasonal), New York (JFK) and Tampa (TPA). Guests can check-in two bags free up to 55lbs each, and receive complimentary rum punch on-board.

  • American Airways flies direct to and from Miami, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago and Philadelphia.
  • Jet Blue offers direct flights between Grand Cayman and New York, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
  • British Airways flies direct between London Heathrow and the Grand Cayman three times a week. The flight stops briefly in Nassau in the Bahamas to pick up/drop off passengers,
  • West Jet provides direct flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman twice a week. 
  • Southwest offers direct flights from Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore in Maryland.
  • Delta Airlines flies direct to Grand Cayman from Atlanta, Georgia twice a week.
  • United Airlines offers direct flights to Grand Cayman from Newark (EWR), Washington (IAD), Houston (IAH) and Chicago (ORD).
  • Air Canada offers a once a week non stop flight from Toronto to Grand Cayman (as of May 2022)

Please note that some airlines and destinations only operate in high season which is generally from December to April.

Cost of Flights & Flying Time

The average cost of a return ticket from Miami is US$400, from New York US$350 and from London US$1,300. Also, please note that these are average prices and will vary according to high or low season.

The flying time from Miami to Grand Cayman is 1 hour and 5 minutes. The journey from London takes 10 hours (including 45 minutes on the tarmac in Nassau). From Toronto, the flight time is 4 hours. Just under 4 hours from New York.

A New and Improved Airport

Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport is a relatively busy airport for a Caribbean island. The airport is located in the capital, George Town, and is approximately five minutes from downtown and a 15 minute drive from Seven Mile Beach.

The runway was extended and resurfaced in 2020 and a blast deflector added. The building itself was extended and remodelled.

For more information on travelling to the Cayman Islands during Covid please see here. For specific information on which airlines travel to Cayman and how many times a week see here.