Governor rejects blame for airport kerbside ban

| 19/01/2022 | 133 Comments
Cayman News Service
Owen Roberts International Airport (photo by CNS)

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has denied that either he or the UK created the problems relating to the ban on kerbside pick-up and drop-off at the Owen Roberts International Airport. He instead blamed the Cayman Islands Airport Authority for not using the taxi lane as a replacement area for this, and suggested that the airport’s management team had rejected an inexpensive and logical solution.

Following comments by the CIAA Board Chair Johann Moxam, published on CNS Tuesday, Roper’s office issued a statement refuting the allegations that the security requirements to keep private cars 30 metres from the door prevented drivers from dropping people off by the terminal.

In the statement the governor said the “very low cost measure of moving privately owned vehicles to the outer road lane that was used by taxis and buses and moving taxis and buses nearer to the terminal” was dismissed by the airport management.

“This was a perfectly sensible, low cost improvement that involved little inconvenience and was accepted by both the Governor and the UK regulator,” his office stated.

The CIAA had said that as well as accommodating the 30-metre space, it also needed to fix the long-standing issue of traffic congestion at busy times and it was this that has led to a more complex and expensive solution being developed.

“However, the Airport had a separate need to fix the long-standing issue of traffic congestion at busy times and it was this that led to a more complex and expensive solution being developed,” the release stated.

“The minimum standards that all States must apply in order to keep passenger terminals safe are set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The options available include keeping all privately owned vehicles at least 30 metres away from the terminal building unless other protective measures have been applied. In the Overseas Territory airports, this 30 metre standard has only been applied to the brand-new terminal buildings in Bermuda and St Helena,” the governor’s office stated.

“The security risks in Cayman are low. But they are not zero. It has long been accepted that the cost of the 30 metre standard to existing terminal buildings in Cayman would be disproportionate,” the release further noted.

The governor’s staff said that all other overseas territory airports had been asked to propose sensible improvements based on their existing road layouts and any other protective measures that are already in place. The release stated that the CIAA had initially proposed switching the old regular road to the terminal with the taxi and bus lane.

“The Governor and the UK are entirely comfortable with kerbside drop off, provided minimal security enhancements can be agreed,” the office stated. “It is incorrect to say the UK sought to impose the current solution on the airport.

“The Governor and the UK regulator remain happy with the simple, low cost solution that was originally proposed and remain very willing to work with the airport in assessing any proposals that provide a sensible improvement in security, at least cost, whilst also fixing the long-standing traffic congestion problem. The Governor is fully satisfied that the UK approach throughout has been constructive and supportive.”

See the full statement on the governor’s Facebook page.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m not one to march in the streets to protest, but I think I would in this case. This needs to be fixed now. Someone has to show some leadership and common sense. And while at it, MOVE THAT STAFF PARKING.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lots of personal targetting here. That’s why we won’t get far.
    How about trying to also fix big problems associated to the airport, like Immigration!
    This is a great time to introduce some local immigration control policies.
    Urgently needed.
    Eg. How about removing the ease and benefits of 6 month permits (no pension fee etc) which facilitate and benefit expats only and discriminate against local workers?
    How about negotiating reciprocal terms for countries ie Jamaica that require visitor visas of us, even our old, young and sick; but their own can visit Cayman freely?
    All sensible small, or big, countries have a policy of Locals First – but here it is Caymanians LAST.
    Fix it!
    It’s past time to say please any more!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so here for the dragging of Moxam it’s hilarious to me as someone who also met the governor many occasions I can tell that this is absolutely nothing they would employ. I must also say I would have voted for Moxam had my status not and just approved yesterday. Gonna rethink that now with his line about this or the fact that now he’s a puppet for someone else. That’s one thing about government here, it’s nice we can take 15 years to become voting citizens because it takes that long to see true colors.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In all fairness, it’s possible Moxam et al. haven’t been lying but simply did not have the expertise to understand the U.K. regulations. We must remember they are the product of the Cayman educational system.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ouch! Saw what you did there. But there is a slight problem with the “ he’s not disingenuous he is just stupid” line. See the reference to the fact that using the taxi lane for drop off was originally suggested by CIAA and accepted by the UK authorities – only to be replaced by the current scheme.

    • Anonymous says:

      All bulls, any person that has traveled know and can see the comparisons to international airports. A bunch of BS.

  5. Rodney Tongue-In-Cheek Barnett says:

    In line with the government’s usual position to take the most expensive and time-consuming process to solve a problem, I suggest:

    Government and the Airport Authority immediately implement a long-standing shelved plan to fill in the North Sound to build a new airport. In addition, a new ultra-modern waste to energy plant and industrial park featuring manufacturing facilities for sargassum products could be located in this new area. While such a project would be highly expensive, the government could partner with the CCP to build/leaseback the development.

    Not work thinking about, but certainly worth a chuckle.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know what you’re all complaining about! Mr Moxam has the Provisional People’s Popular Front of West Bay on the back foot now!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s 100% about what the taxi divers want. That is all.

  8. Anonymous says:

    No surprise that the Airport’s management rejected the most “inexpensive and logical” solution, in favour of a more “expensive and illogical” one;

    Any surprises that the CIAA management failed to propose “sensible improvements”?

    Yes Gov, call out the morons in charge!! AuGen Winspear, please note – more public fund$$$ wasted by the CIAA Management Team, while collecting higher-than-average salaries! Fact!

    Where’s the accountability?

    • Anonymous says:

      Please do not tell me I have to watch our elderly and disabled struggle to get into the airport because of a half witted, largely imported, and ethically questionable taxi cartel. Then I will know that the lunatics have truly taken over the asylum.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I want to know why this wasn’t dealt with and incorporated in the initial design plan FULL STOP!!!
    It certainly wasn’t a new idea…

    It’s almost like the person that designed it has never been to our airport. ANY airport for that matter…
    This is THE most pathetic thing that we are having to deal with. In this climate with blazing sun and spot showers along with deluge of rain during rainy season…
    My 3rd grader could have done better with crayons and Lego blocks…

  10. Anonymous says:

    He would have been a great Governor anon 6:30am if he would stop propping up his BFF Sir Alden the Great!

  11. Anonymous says:

    In the famous words of Howard Cosell in Jamaica

    Down goes Moxam. Down goes Moxam.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Security at airports in Overseas Territories is a Governor/UK Constitutional responsibility. The UK Regulator for OT airports is ASSI, which works closely with Governors’ offices.

      The minimum standards that all States must apply in order to keep passenger terminals safe are set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The options available include keeping all privately owned vehicles at least 30 metres away from the terminal building unless other protective measures have been applied. In the Overseas Territory airports, this 30 metre standard has only been applied to the brand-new terminal buildings in Bermuda and St Helena.”

      Read the full Governor’s statement.

      This was never a contest it was about getting the facts out in the public for all to understand the issues.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that actually believed this stupid ban on curbside parking was either necessary or externally imposed is as clueless as Johann!

    I’ve never once been to an airport that prohibited dropoff/pickup at the curb. Not once! Furthermore, all were airports with far more passenger volume and potential risk than the Cayman airport is subjected to! They need to fire the moron that came up with this plan!

    • Red Pill says:

      Do really think CIAA imposed a ban on itself to prevent curbside drop offs?

      Read the full statement and particularity the beginning:

      “Security at airports in Overseas Territories is a Governor/UK Constitutional responsibility. The UK Regulator for OT airports is ASSI, which works closely with Governors’ offices.

      The minimum standards that all States must apply in order to keep passenger terminals safe are set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The options available include keeping all privately owned vehicles at least 30 metres away from the terminal building unless other protective measures have been applied. In the Overseas Territory airports, this 30 metre standard has only been applied to the brand-new terminal buildings in Bermuda and St Helena.”

      • Anonymous says:

        Reread that last sentence = not being applied the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        Point is the UK proposed a more cost effective and LOGICAL solution which was turned down by the CIAA resulting in the current fiasco. This is all self inflicted.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I caught that the opening paragraph. Thanks for pointing it out for those who might have missed it. We see that “The UK Regulator for OT airports is ASSI, which works closely with Governors’ offices.” Meaning that Roper knows the truth and is calling out Moxam and the CIAA Board for the damn liars they are for tell us that the UK mandated the current traffic flow redirection fiasco. Governor Roper, you know, the man with whom the UK regulators have been working, proposed a far better and less expensive solution and the CIAA morons rejected it. Moreover, Roper stated that “In the Overseas Territory airports, this 30 metre standard has only been applied to the brand-new terminal buildings in Bermuda and St Helena.” Time to replace Moxam and the rest of the board who agreed to this mess.

  13. GD says:

    The CIAA seems to forget they are there to serve the individuals that use the airport and not to make things as inconvenient as possible for travelers. The current idea is simply ridiculous and I challenge the CIAA to name 3 other airports where it is necessary to park, pick up a parking ticket and then go back to the parked car to drop off a passenger. A free parking area for vehicles waiting to pick up passengers (who could text or phone upon exit from the terminal) seems to be normal in most other places. Fix this NOW before travel is fully underway.

  14. Anonymous says:

    How do voters remove heads of SAGCs that reject their duty to act in the public’s best interest? We need to blow the dust off that process, and put it on repeat.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Shots fired !! The reality is the CIAA remains a pseudo-GOV entity that leaves a lot to be desired. Overrun budgets (e.g. Airport renovation), poor numerous top positions filled by ‘friends of who you know’, conflict of interest contracts (GOV officials owning companies that then provide big $$ services etc) and of course seen here… numerous poor decisions on topics that matter because its the first impressions our visitors get.. not to mention hugely inconveniencing the population. But… the more things change, the more they remain the same..

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you seen the 30 or so foreign workers standing around to “process” 6 people flying on the Twin Otter. The basis of public funds and sheer waste must be verging on criminal. It is certainly far from acceptable standards of prudent governance.

      • Bus Fuss says:

        11.04am It’s a bit like the Education Dept paying for a full size school coach to transport a single student to the Further Education Centre every day.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Happy to finally read this. The switch has made NO sense from the beginning. I have done the “short term parking” to drop and collect people 4 times now. It is so hard to navigate that parking lot. And I already was waiting in line to exit (which then creates more congestion in that horrible little lot) when there is only one flight at a time coming in now. Wait until we are back on track with 10 flights coming in one hour on a Saturday. It will be a circus there with traffic not able to get in or out of that short term parking lot.

    • Anonymous says:

      With 3000 passengers a day in normal times, try to imagine keeping paper and ink stock in those machines. From every angle it’s senseless.

    • Anonymous says:

      Was fun turning up in a taxi for the first flight of the day int to find there was no staff on the gated entry, so taxi or not we still had to park in the parking lot and drag our bags over.

  17. Anonymous says:

    First rate airport built in and managed by third world. What did you expect? That it would run like an expat airport? Part of the taxes of living in a third world island is things like this. Get used to it. Third world is strong in this culture and will only be felt by those who oppose it.

    • Sucka Free Cayman says:

      Yet they gave the leader of this third world outpost Knighthood! for political reasons No the Governor is no hack but he is very very close to a being political Commissar for the UK though..Why don’t you colonials return back to the Boris’s porky pie land . Where a party is only a party when you bring your own booze !

      • Anonymous says:

        Alden deserves his recognition based on his steady management of Cayman at the height of the Pandemic.
        Everyone seems to have forgotten that for two years we lived in our safe bubble, whilst the rest of the world was suffering lockdowns and social strife.
        Then came UDP in Pact clothing….

      • Anonymous says:

        @9:10:
        In case you missed the news, Sir A is no longer Premiere. We replaced that Knighted leader and his people with the Panton PACT-less Clown Car. Talk about a retrograde step into the dung heap!

    • Anonymous says:

      First rate airport ..lol

  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s blindingly obvious that the UK did not insist on this complete nonsense; no such restrictions exist in the UK!

    • Anonymous says:

      No such restrictions on pick up and drop off exist at the new Bermuda Airport.

      Guess the British rule differently there. 😆

  19. Anonymous says:

    The governor is not a political hack like the boards.
    Well done Sir!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh Snap!

    Johann? Your turn.

    Wait, let me grab some popcorn before you reply.

    • Check mate says:

      No need for Moxam to respond the objective has been achieved. Governor’s statement which supports what what said by the Chairman means there can be no more excuses or expensive proposals that defy logic.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Add a road through the staff/short term parking lot.

    • Anonymous says:

      Only airport on earth where the staff get better parking that the guests/users of the airport.

      • Anonymous says:

        Come on Bo Bo, move the staff parking out further. You should be embarrassed. Nowhere in the world would staff trump traveling customers.

  22. Anonymous says:

    incomptence at the highest level!
    but no one gets fired.
    welcome to wonderland…..a land of no accountability.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing could be more quintessentially Caymanian than adopting the most expensive, obstructive, and senseless approach, just for the opportunity to assert that we do things differently. We certainly do it to ourselves: reinventing the wheel since 1503.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The Premier needs to step in here and change out the management team at the CIAA responsible for this fiasco. They are either incompetent because they didn’t understand that the regulations provided for minor changes to be in compliance or they intentionally misled the public about why the changes were needed. Both show the management team were negligent here and cannot be trusted to deliver what the Cayman people need.
    The easy way out when there was the public outcry in August was for the CIAA to backtrack and find a less draconian solution, but they didn’t. In fact they doubled down by reiterating their claims that this was mandated by international regulations and worse they did nothing to mitigate people’s concerns and complaints. They believed that by leaving it a few months people would forget and they could just introduce the parking charges with little problem. WRONG!!!!!!
    These aren’t the actions of a public body with a healthy culture. Misleading the public in this way shows a complete disregard for the people they serve and creates a loss of trust and confidence in the whole institution. This shouldn’t be taken lightly and incremental change will not work. There needs to be wholesale changes here in the whole management team to restore confidence and set a new agenda for how the CIAA will operate.

    • Black Ball Assassination program says:

      He can’t do that to a lodge bro 1035pm you lost your mind or Wha? Don’t you know the lodge owns the Airport. Look around how many lodge members in government ever get fired or prosecuted for their misconduct or criminal behavior Zer0000 please stop writing foolishness on here. This is how we roll here in Cayman ! Get over it !

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree with this 1000%. These guys dug in and pretended that their hands were tied but it was obvious to anyone that this wasn’t an external requirement.

      The public is dumb but we’re not that dumb. We’ve all used airports elsewhere. Our airport is already not the greatest but we don’t need to make the experience even worse but imposing ridiculous unnecessary restrictions.

      Like all things in Cayman, no one will be punished for their incompetence, but now that this is exposed at least CIAA can come up with a new plan. There is no more digging in, the jig is up.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Millions spent for landscaping??! On a mega expensive surrounding raised flowerbed with the drains 3 feet above ground level?! Woww.
    When the big storm hit they had to run out with drills and bore drain holes at ground level. Check and see it!
    Door shelters tilted towards the doors.
    Electric sliding doors!
    Doors that shut down when it rains and cant swing open manually.
    Taxi loading in the center median with no shelter for sun or rain. Remember the lines of tourists?
    Disaster. Wey all the cash doh?!

  25. Anonymous says:

    pistols at dawn ? – I really hope we haven’t followed into a strategy of outright lying to bluster on through with a blame game here

    🎪⚔️

  26. Anonymous says:

    Johann and Albert, what a winning team. Thanks PPM & PACT

    • Anonymous says:

      Albert has been a great leader for the airport. The other is there trying to be relevant.

      • Say it like it is. says:

        8.03am You just have to be related to Albert, we have endured one fiasco after another, and we still await Mr Anderson’s confirmation of the final cost of the terminal upgrade.Hopefully there will be no further runway improvements needed which prompted Mr Anderson to announce the complete closure of the airport for a number of days, before changing his mind at the last minute after all the airlines had amended their schedules.

      • Anonymous says:

        Albert has been one in a line of disasters heading CIAA.

  27. Anonymous says:

    “The security risks in Cayman are low. But they are not zero” what an idiot.

    • Anonymous says:

      West Side Massive?
      Jamaican sect of ISIS?
      Probably end up being the CIA undercover as Cuban refugees.
      You lot are terrified of flu and your shadows. There’s zero change of a terrorist attack at the airport stopped by a parking ticket. Absolute clowns, you believe anything.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Someone’s a liar

  29. Anonymous says:

    Replace those darn dangerous stairs to/from BA! How difficult is it!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Whoops!!!

  31. Full Statement says:

    “Security at airports in Overseas Territories is a Governor/UK Constitutional responsibility. The UK Regulator for OT airports is ASSI, which works closely with Governors’ offices.

    The minimum standards that all States must apply in order to keep passenger terminals safe are set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The options available include keeping all privately owned vehicles at least 30 metres away from the terminal building unless other protective measures have been applied. In the Overseas Territory airports, this 30 metre standard has only been applied to the brand-new terminal buildings in Bermuda and St Helena.

    The security risks in Cayman are low. But they are not zero. It has long been accepted that the cost of the 30 metre standard to existing terminal buildings in Cayman would be disproportionate. All other Overseas Territory airports have been asked to propose sensible improvements based on their existing road layouts and any other protective measures that are already in place. In the case of Owen Roberts, the airport at first proposed a simple, very low cost measure of moving privately owned vehicles to the outer road lane that was used by taxis and buses and moving taxis and buses nearer to the terminal. This was a perfectly sensible, low cost improvement that involved little inconvenience and was accepted by both the Governor and the UK regulator.

    However, the Airport had a separate need to fix the long-standing issue of traffic congestion at busy times and it was this that led to a more complex and expensive solution being developed. The Governor and the UK are entirely comfortable with kerbside drop off, provided minimal security enhancements can be agreed. It is incorrect to say the UK sought to impose the current solution on the airport. The Governor and the UK regulator remain happy with the simple, low cost solution that was originally proposed and remain very willing to work with the airport in assessing any proposals that provide a sensible improvement in security, at least cost, whilst also fixing the long-standing traffic congestion problem. The Governor is fully satisfied that the UK approach throughout has been constructive and supportive.”

    -ends-

    • Anonymous says:

      This is why the press releases are never released in full by the media as they wouldn’t be able to put their twist on it..Sensationalism sells not mundane press releases.

      CNS: That is a lie and a very silly thing to say. The link to the full statement from the governor’s office is at the end of the article. I’ve no idea why this commenter felt the need to post it in a comment, perhaps because he/she thought that unobservant people incapable of clicking a simple link might miss it.

      Most of it is included in the article anyway and no important points are left out. This is standard practice at CNS, in that if we don’t include the whole press statement, we very often link to the source material. You’re just mindlessly parroting anti-media garbage prevalent in the US.

      If government press releases cover all the news you want, there is a whole website for that. However, most of the thinking public believes that there’s more to news than the government or official side of things. In this case, two official sources are disagreeing with each other, which is unusual.

  32. Anonymous says:

    The airport is a joke. 100m spent and still terrible.

  33. Anonymous says:

    It can’t be the Uk as at heathrow you are allowed to drop off as close to the check in desks as the front door of cayman airport is. This is obviously just cayman government making money and pretending it’s for security reasons.

    • Anonymous says:

      How dare you !

      (100% true)

    • Tom McCallum says:

      That simply is not true. Whether at T3 or T5 the distance from drop off ranks to inside the terminal building is way more than the 30m the Governor refers to, added to which the physical protection of the building (bollards etc) is present.

      Similar for other international airports in U.K. such as Gatwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh.

      Btw it costs money to enter the drop off area at any of those airports too.

      One other thing. Almost every car park in the U.K. uses licence plate recognition technology such that if you don’t pay you get sent a large penalty notice in the post. No need for ticket barriers.

    • Anon says:

      Correct. Banana Republic.

  34. Anonymous says:

    CIAA “It is far more secure for us to have lots of people entering the terminal to pay for parking than to have a lane for pickups and drop offs” seems about par for the course on their logic.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, and let’s force everyone, including those not traveling, into an indoor space during a pandemic, and while we are at it, have no concern for the content of the bag they are carrying or the best they may be wearing. The negligence is literally criminal. #worldclass.

    • Anonymous says:

      With 1500 travellers baking in the sun on the sidewalk after a long day of travel.

  35. Philip says:

    We are all still waiting for the final cost of the airport upgrade, where’s the auditor general ?.

  36. Anonymous says:

    I said many years ago to one of these “anti colonial “ activists ( who seems very quiet these days since she married a Scottish banker) that one day Cayman would find it very difficult when the British left because they, eg…Roy, Steve, Ezzard, Oswel, Arden, Orett….etc etc….would have no one to blame but themselves. Here is an example. They HATE it when their baseless accusations are proven to be BS.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Worst Governor ever. Never takes responsibility for anything.

  38. Anonymous says:

    I don’t care where they put the drop off area. Just consider putting in covered walkways to get to the terminal when it’s pouring rain. Walking from short-term parking in the rain isn’t fun!!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Only thing missing is any appreciable aircraft landings & take-off’s that result in , you know , cars actually needing to park.

  40. Anonymous says:

    “The CIAA had said…it also needed to fix the long-standing issue of traffic congestion at busy times and it was this that has led to a more complex and expensive solution being developed.”

    Why wasn’t this dealt with when the airport was expanded?

    • Anonymous says:

      Only the PPM that signed that expensive contract for a horrible airport can answer those questions.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t think this is a terrible airport at all.
        It’s not as pretty as the A frame terminal, but it is spacious and it works .

        • Say it like it is. says:

          8.19pm It works when there’s only one or two airlines flying in, and the magnificent world class arch so admired by Juju is spacious but empty.

        • Anonymous says:

          You have obviously never tried to pass through it on a week end in pre Covid times.

      • Anonymous says:

        Should have gone with the Canadians. The new Bermuda Airport is magnificent.

        • Gern Blenston says:

          I could be wrong but I do believe had the Canadians built the airport they also would be getting a part of the revenue or most of the revenue from the venues located within the airport. Although not many exist at the moment, granted. Cayman has managed to maintain control of our onlybreal port of entry. This in itself is commendable…how it’s being run currently is atrocious…

        • Anonymous says:

          At Bermuda one is protected from rain with jetways.

        • Just sayin says:

          In response to:
          “Should have gone with the Canadians. The new Bermuda Airport is magnificent”

          Perhaps Bermuda’s airport is magnificent but it cost $300M. Owen Roberts cost about $100M and built with no borrowing but from cash. Bermuda’s Debt is some $1.5B or so. Our debt is under $500K. Our airport may not be magnificent but it is a very good airport and a practical one that was sensibly built on the skeleton of the old airport. I will take our very good airport and small debt any day over a supposedly magnificent airport and mega debt. Let us hope this PACT government do not drive us to Bermuda debt levels. Sounds like they are trying hard to do so.

          • Hubert says:

            Just sayin, you obviously don’t know what the final cost of our airport is going to be because the $$$ numbers have never been published. Why?

            We will be tinkering with our airport for the next decade. While waiting in an immigration the other day I noticed that the ceiling tiles already have water stains. Not a good impression for first time visitors.

            Our facility in not / not world class while the new Bermuda airport is world class by any standard.

            As a world class financial centre we should have had a world class airport with jet ways. Very sad.

          • Anonymous says:

            Just sayin. Guess our debt is going up by $400 million very soon.

            Don’t let the Caymanian debt facts get in your way.

          • Anonymous says:

            Where do you think the $100M in cash came from?

          • drop off says:

            12.03pm We don’t know what it cost as for some strange reason Mr Anderson won’t tell us.

          • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

            The final cost of the new Bermuda Airport was $274 million with no other work required for the next decade at least.

            We really have no idea after all this time what the final cost of our airport will end up being. Nobody really seems to know including the Auditor General.

            No doubt in the long run Bermuda got a better deal and Bermudians have now been fully trained in Canada to run the airport. They created more than 100 new jobs for Bermudians.

            How many new jobs for Caymanians did we get? How many Caymanians were trained on airport management?

            • Anonymous says:

              At least Bermudans are actually from there. These days most Caymanians are actually Jamaicans with no Cayman ties so please stop talking about Caymanians being trained for jobs.

        • Anonymous says:

          Cdn debt trap financing prob no better.

    • Anonymous says:

      I like most people, couldn’t care less whose “fault” this is.
      If there apparently is a drop off system acceptable to all parties, then for Owen Robert’s sake, let’s just do it without further finger pointing debate.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Governor has clearly stated that they had the opportunity to implement a scheme that was acceptable to the two parties that matter: the UK and the Caymanian people. Moreover the alternative path was less costly. But instead they chose Highway Stupid.

  41. Anonymous says:

    This entire matter is ridiculous. And somebody is not being truthful.

    The head of the CIAA board has stated that the current situation “defies logic” (which it does).

    The Governor has stated that both he and the UK are entirely comfortable with kerbside drop off, provided minimal security enhancements can be agreed.

    The public have spoken out against the change.

    And yet someone at the CIAA is ignoring everyone and is about to start charging for drop-off and pick-up.

    It seems that we all agree that this is not a good idea. So all the CIAA needs to do now is implement minimal security enhancements and go back to allowing drop-off and pick up, and then we can move on.

    But one more comment for Mr Moxam: it “defies logic” to think that you can decrease congestion by placing barriers across the exit and having people pay on their way out. So please make sure that you sort out this mess before, and not after, you reinstate charges for parking. The faster you do your job, the faster you can start collecting revenue without further frustrating the people that you serve.

    • Anonymous says:

      @5:55:
      I fully agree that the current fiasco has a simple and almost instantaneous solution that somehow evaded the brightboxes on the CIAA Board. Your take on who the CIAA Board serves is the ideal. However, in the Cayman Islands governance model, the people that board appointees serve are the politicians who get them appointed or keep them on the boards. It has little to do with serving the general public and everything to do with political favours.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Makes sense now, there is no way the CIAA would accept “an inexpensive and logical solution”.

  43. Elvis says:

    Every last dollar from my wallet. Soon price your little island to a death sentence, be careful.
    Theres a tually very little tooffer already compared with other caribbean islands.
    Just saying

  44. Anonymous says:

    Albert’s Amazing Airport! No need to say anymore

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder why they start to charge for parking fee….is to recover millions dollar lost on crap pick up/drop off idea. CIAA need to cut high salaries like 10% cut to pay back as they refuse to listen other people idea.

      • anon says:

        7.17pm The Auditor General said that the CIAA has the highest salaries of all the SAGC”s and most of the Civil Service as well.Mr Anderson should be ashamed but when there is never any accountability there is no need for shame.

      • Anonymous says:

        CIAA salaries are on par with salaries paid at Miami and Heathrow for similar management jobs.

        A total joke. We really don’t live in the real world here and we don’t even have a world class airport but we pay world class salaries.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Tek dat Johann

    • Anonymous says:

      They gave the man the smallest amount of power and look what happens.

      • Anonymous says:

        He can’t accept that he lost lol

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you Mr. Moxam your honesty and direct style is appreciated.
        Now we understand where this crazy idea came from.

        The statement by the Governor gives full color and is their attempt to control the narrative. Has anyone ever seen any Governor respond to anything previously? No more excuses.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hush now man, Johann is one our saviors promised by PACT.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Your Excellency. Thank you for your frank and open communication. It is refreshing.
    It appears to acknowledge that the authorities are being obstructive and wasteful of public funds. This appears standard operating procedure. Is this truly “good governance?” Can you please intervene and bring this type of crap to an end? The government and civil service is bankrupting us.

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