Minister Lee developing airlift from Cayman Islands

CHTA conference. S. Bodden (left), Minister of Tourism & Transport Cayman Islands M. Kirkconnell, Julien Lake (TEATT), Rep. from Spring O’Brien (center), Marla Chermont (Tourist Office), & Minister of Public Health, Social Development, & Labor E. Lee (right).


PHILIPSBURG – During CHTA Marketplace, Minister of Health Emil Lee met with Deputy Premier/Minister District Administration, Tourism and Transport Moses Kirkconnell, about the possible development of weekly flights from Cayman Islands for the purpose of developing direct access for referral patients from St. Maarten to have improved access to Health City in the Cayman Islands.

“Initially, Cayman Airways is looking to begin with a weekly flight for a few weeks rotation to service medical referral clients from St Maarten and neighboring islands. Discussions are to begin with a Saab 340, a 34-seat aircraft, for weekly service. As part of the negotiations, we are requesting fixed airfares so that SZV can budget referrals based on fixed transportation costs. Based on performance of the flight, the service will be evaluated to see if it is sustainable,” said Minister Lee.

Health City Cayman Islands is supported by two major healthcare organizations, Narayana Health and the U.S.-based Ascension, which is that nation’s largest faith-based and nonprofit health system. Health City Cayman Islands, which became only the second hospital in the Caribbean to receive the Joint Commission International’s “hospital accreditation” provides compassionate, high quality, affordable healthcare services in a world-class, comfortable, patient-centered environment.

Offering healthcare to international, regional and local patients, Health City Cayman Islands delivers excellence in adult and pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac electrophysiology, medical oncology, orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatric endocrinology, gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery, neurology, interventional neurology and neurodiagnostics, neurosurgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, gynecology, dental, sleep lab and pulmonology services.