CAL flights cancelled due to ATC strike in Jamaica

| 12/05/2022 | 9 Comments
Cayman News Service
CAL aircraft (Photo by Paul Tibbetts)

(CNS): Jamaica’s airspace is closed due to a strike by the country’s air traffic controllers and Cayman Airways flights to Jamaica were cancelled Thursday as a result. Passengers from the affected flights, KX 604 and KX 605, have been rescheduled for Friday, 13 May, but the airline is warning that this depends on the situation with the strike and whether or not the Jamaican authorities re-open the airspace.

According to the Jamaican press, the air traffic controllers on the island walked off the job Thursday morning in Kingston and Montego Bay, causing dozens of flights to be cancelled. The strike relates to a break-down in salary negotiations with the Jamaican finance ministry.

CAL officials said passengers will be notified directly of replacement flights. If the ATCs return to work, the flight numbers and times expected to operate Friday are as follows:

  • KX 600 departs Grand Cayman at 7.10am and arrives in Kingston at 8.15am
  • KX 601 departs Kingston at 9.20am and arrives in Grand Cayman at 10.35am
  • KX 606 departs Grand Cayman at 5.35pm and arrives in Kingston at 6.45pm
  • KX 607 departs Kingston at 7.50pm and arrives in Grand Cayman at 9.05pm

Newly scheduled (additional) flights:

  • KX 3600 departs Grand Cayman at 12.40pm and arrives in Kingston at 1.45pm
  • KX 3601 departs Kingston at 2.45pm and arrives in Grand Cayman at 3.50pm

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  1. Unprofessional says:

    These workers struck with planes en route. Dangerous and not a good look. I’d be looking for their replacements immediately.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Hope CIAA doesn’t become a long-term ‘refuge’ for ATCOs who may seek greener pastures here, at the expense of young locals.

    CIAA is currently advertising and has previously hired expat ATCOs. There are timeline and other benefits in hiring controllers familiar with the Area, but short contracts would be the correct approach.

    CIAA should endeavor to continue to train its own at approved overseas facilities. The Department of Education should endeavor to ensure that a viable pool is available in every employment sector, every year, so that public agencies like CIAA will not have to throw their nets far and wide.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Sounds great! No problem for me.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank God. Is Jay already there?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Jamaica, a great lesson on how to F up paradise .
      A great lesson that casting off the yoke of colonial imperialism , with attendant law and order, paves the way for corruption lawlessness and social breakdown.

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      • Anonymous says:

        In 1962, the year before independence, the murder rate was 3.9 per 100,000 inhabitants, making Jamaica one of the safest places in the world. By 2005 that had risen to 58 per 100,00, making it one of the most dangerous places on earth.

        And yet today they blame the British.

        It is a murderous, corrupt and crime infested disaster of a place, and we should have as little to do with it as possible. It is a clear example of how not to run a country. Any government official trying to draw us closer to it is an enemy of the Caymanian people.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Well said 12.31…hope our wote hungry politicians have enough sense to heed that truth.

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          • Anonymous says:

            “That truth”? Can’t you see that “truth” has been of very little interest to our leadership for the last 20 years?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hope they be on strike for a few years

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