seven mile beach with palm tree
Seven Mile Beach in Cayman.

Southwest Airlines Is Starting a New Nonstop Flight to the Cayman Islands 

By: Alexander Britell - May 23, 2024

That impossibly-clear water on Seven Mile Beach. The buzzing dining scene. The endless activity in Camana Bay. The world-class diving. 

If you’ve been to the Cayman Islands, you know the feeling, and the richness of one of the Caribbean’s most diverse destinations. 

And if you haven’t been, well, it’s about to get a lot easier to get there. 

Fast-expanding Southwest Airlines is set to debut a major new nonstop route to Grand Cayman, with a new route launching early next month out of Orlando. 

bluff on beach in cayman brac
The Bluff in Cayman Brac.

The new flights between Orlando and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport begin June 4, the result of a shift from Southwest’s focus in Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, an increasingly important source market for travel to the Caribbean. 

The flight takes just under two hours, connecting travelers with the Cayman Islands’ natural beauty and vibrant culture – whether you’re heading to the travel hub of Seven Mile Beach, exploring the rugged beauty of Cayman Brac or the laid-back island charm of Little Cayman, both of which are easy flights from Grand Cayman on Cayman Airways. 

hotel indigo with trees
The new Hotel Indigo.

“We congratulate Southwest on a successful move to Orlando and are happy that the Cayman Islands’ seat capacity from Florida is stabilised,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, in a statement provided to Caribbean Journal. “The introduction of direct, daily flights from Orlando gives Northern Floridians the opportunity to explore more of what the Cayman Islands has to offer and allows Cayman residents to explore Orlando’s many parks and attractions.” 

The new flights come as Grand Cayman’s tourism is in full bloom, with surging visitor numbers and a host of new hotels, including the island’s just-debuted Hotel Indigo, the first-ever Indigo in the wider Caribbean, which opened its doors last month in the Seven Mile Beach corridor. 

That’s along with Grand Cayman’s first full-fledged eco-hotel, Vida Grand Cayman. 

Are you planning a trip to Grand Cayman? To learn more, visit the Cayman Islands

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