CDN Arrivals To Cayman Islands Spike 13% In 2019, Bolstered By Increased Airlift

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The Cayman Islands ended 2019 with record-breaking air arrivals, with Canadian visitors registering a 13% increase – or 3,525 more travellers -- over 2018.

In fact, 2019 saw a total of nine months of record Canadian visitation (from JAN to JUN and again from SEP to NOV). Canada is the second source market for stayover arrivals in the Cayman Islands, preceded by the United States and followed by the United Kingdom in third.

In total, air arrivals reached 502,739 last year, which represents an 8.6% increase over the same period in 2018—or 39,738 additional persons. Visitation to the Cayman Islands has been on an upwards trajectory over the past five years and between 2015 and 2019, grew 30.5%.

“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and our island partners are elated to witness yet another year of record breaking growth in Canadian visitation to our very special trio of islands,” said Raymond Mathias, Business Development Manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. 

New and expanded airlift was one of the main contributing factors to the increase in arrivals.

Last year, Sunwing announced the launch of service into the Cayman Islands from YYZ for FEB 2020, and both WestJet and Air Canada increased capacity for 2020. This winter, WS offers three flights a week between YYZ-GCM and AC offers five. 

“We hope to continue this trend through 2020 as our destination is more accessible than ever thanks to nine direct flights from Toronto a week this winter via our amazing partners, Air Canada, WestJet and a new flight from Sunwing," said Mathias. 

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.