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Owen Roberts International Airport
is an airport located in Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands and the location of the nation's capital, George Town. In relation to the other two Cayman Islands, it is approximately 75 miles southwest of Little Cayman and 90 miles southwest of Cayman Brac.-Geography:Grand Cayman encompasses 76% of...
, Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory and overseas territory of the European Union located in the western Caribbean Sea. The territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica...
. It is the main international airport for the Cayman Islands as well as the main base for Cayman Airways
Cayman Airways is the national flag carrier of the Cayman Islands. With its head office in Grand Cayman, it operates mainly as an international and domestic scheduled passenger carrier, with cargo services available on all routes...
. The airport is named after Owen Roberts
Owen "Bobby" Roberts was an RAF Wing Commander noted 20th-Century aviator and founder of Caribbean International Airlines. Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town on Grand Cayman is named after him....
, a pioneer of commercial aviation in the country.
Construction of terminal and runway
In 1952, after Owen Roberts convinced the commissioners of the country to construct airports on all three Cayman Islands, a 5000 ft (1,524 m) runway, along with a terminal was constructed on Grand Cayman at the cost of £100,000.
In 2007, the Cayman Islands Government announced plans to expand and updgrade 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.
Airlines and destinations