British royalty to open $80 million expansion project at Cayman Islands airport

Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, are set to officially open Grand Cayman’s newly-expanded Owen Roberts International Airport as part of a visit to the Cayman Islands from March 27-28, 2019.

The expansion project has tripled the size of Grand Cayman’s airport facilities, allowing the island to accommodate close to 2.5 million passengers and international travellers. The airport will include an expanded departure hall, food court, VIP lounge, restaurant, additional restroom facilities, children’s play area, mother and baby room and a variety of concessions.

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The CIAA owns and operates the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) in Grand Cayman and the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CKIA) in Cayman Brac.

The official airport opening comes days before British Airways switches to its summer schedule on 6 April and operates a Saturday departure from London Heathrow to Grand Cayman replacing the Sunday service.

The Saturday departure day during the summer makes it easier for British visitors to take advantage of annual leave by travelling Saturday to Saturday to the Cayman Islands. British Airways operates four direct flights a week from London Heathrow to Grand Cayman.