Owen Roberts International Airport

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Owen Roberts International Airport
Observation Deck at the Owen Roberts International Airport.jpg
IATA: GCMICAO: MWCR
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Cayman Islands Government
Operator Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA)
Location George Town, Grand Cayman
Hub for Cayman Airways
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 19°17′33″N 081°21′33″W / 19.29250°N 81.35917°W / 19.29250; -81.35917Coordinates: 19°17′33″N 081°21′33″W / 19.29250°N 81.35917°W / 19.29250; -81.35917
Map
GCM is located in Cayman Islands
GCM
GCM
Location in the Cayman Islands
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,136 7,008 Asphalt
Sources: Cayman Islands AIP[1]
Welcome sign greeting disembarking passengers

Owen Roberts International Airport (IATA: GCMICAO: MWCR) is an airport located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. It is the main international airport for the Cayman Islands as well as the main base for Cayman Airways. The airport is named after Owen Roberts, a pioneer of commercial aviation in the country. Owen Roberts is also the last International airport in the Caribbean with an "open-air" passenger waving gallery. Owen Roberts International airport is one of the two entrance ports to the Cayman Islands. There is a bar at the departing terminal, and they sell rum cakes at the shops here.[2]

Construction of terminal and runway[edit]

In 1952, after Owen Roberts convinced the commissioners of the country to construct airports on all three Cayman Islands, a 5,000 ft (1,524 m) runway, along with a terminal was constructed on Grand Cayman at the cost of £100,000.

Renovations[edit]

In 2007, the Cayman Islands Government announced plans to expand and upgrade the existing airport. Plans include the expansion of the check-in area, the purchase of a new X-ray machine and baggage screening machine as well as the employment of additional passenger screening staff. Phase 1 of the project, the expansion of the airport's car parks and the airport's pick-up and drop-off locations have already been completed.

Passengers boarding a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 via airstairs on the tarmac
Cayman Airways Boeing 737 on the tarmac, Owen Roberts Int'l Airport

Additional renovations completed in 2012 include refurbishing the departure hall interior and livening up the passport control and customs hall with aquatic paintings and use of an aggressive digital advertising campaign in the baggage claim area.[3]

The initiation of Cayman Airways flights to Panama City, Panama is anticipated to allow Brazilian tourists to travel to the Cayman Islands via Copa Airlines flights to Panama.[4]

In 2014, Airport Authority unveiled a new plan to do major renovations to Owen Roberts International Airport as part of a master plan to renovate and redevelop all three Cayman Islands Airports.

The new plan would expand the current terminal building, passenger parking, public parking, staff parking, aprons, Taxi area, extend the current runway and in the middle to long term build a second terminal building called the Greenspace Terminal and a parallel taxiway.

This new expansion will allow airline to fly their newer and bigger aircraft to Owen Roberts International, such as British Airways which is retiring their Boeing 767-300 fleet with the Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 787-8 being slated as replacement aircraft in 2016. BA also operates Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200 wide body aircraft.

The expansion will also allow other airlines with larger, long haul aircraft to fly to Cayman such Virgin Atlantic which currently operates Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 787-9 wide body jetliners.

The expansion work starts in 2015, a temporary extended departure hall has been added to mitigate to passenger traffic while tendering is finished and construction started

March 9, 2015, the Florida based company RS&H, who are partnered with the Cayman Island Airport Authority, unveiled a new design for Owen Roberts International. This new design is based around the design criteria created by Canadian firm WS&P in 2014

Work on Owen Roberts estimated to cost around some $50 Million KYD

Construction work slated to start late Summer of 2015.

estimated to be finished in 2 1/2–3 years

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aerolíneas Sosa La Ceiba
Aero Caribbean Havana
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth (begins June 6, 2015),[5] Miami
British Airways London–Heathrow, Nassau
Cayman Airways Cayman Brac, Havana, Kingston–Norman Manley, La Ceiba, Montego Bay, Miami, New York–JFK, Tampa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Panama City
Cayman Airways Express Cayman Brac, Little Cayman
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Island Air Cayman Brac, Little Cayman
JetBlue Airways New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
United Airlines Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
US Airways Charlotte
Seasonal: Philadelphia
WestJet Toronto–Pearson

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cayman Airways Miami
IBC Airways Miami
Ameriflight LLC Miami

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