CAL flight cancelled by Honduran strikes

| 08/08/2009

(CNS): The National Flag Carrier Cayman airways said today (Saturday 8 August) that flight 824 scheduled to depart Grand Cayman at 9:00 am on Saturday morning for La Ceiba was cancelled when the Meteorological (Met) Office in La Ceiba failed to produce a weather reading for the destination. CAL said that according to unofficial reports, the La Ceiba Met Office staff was on strike.

“Without a weather reading, Cayman Airways is unable to dispatch flights to any destination, as required by law,” the airline sated. “Related authorities in La Ceiba have confirmed that all dispatch requirements will be met in order for Cayman Airways to conduct an extra section flight on Monday, August 10 departing Grand Cayman at 9:00 am.”

The airline said that all affected passengers from Saturday’s cancelled flight will be re-protected with that service.

The regular weekly flights to La Ceiba, CAL said, will be operated as scheduled thereafter. Passengers requiring more information are asked to call Cayman Airways reservations on 949-2311, your travel agent, or visit

Strike action has been taking place across the whole country as people call for the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. As the political stalemate drags on more than one month after the military coup, foreign diplomats have met with the defiant interim leaders in a bid to seek a negotiated end to the crisis.

Around 8,000 health workers went on strike this week, in a move affecting 28 hospitals and more than 1,000 health centres across the impoverished Central American nation.

Most of the country’s 50,000 teachers have maintained strikes since the June 28 ouster of Zelaya, which followed a dispute with courts, Congress and the military over his plans to change the constitution.



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  1. Reina says:

    That blog called "la gringa" is so full of garbage and lies…the current coup leaders are guilty of human rights violations and suffering ….the truth will eventually come out , but not from this people that will only tell you their side with no inteligent analisis…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually ‘clearviewer’ if you had any sense, you would know that people from Honduras are not ‘honduranian’. The correct demonym is ‘Honduran’. Seriously, don’t say something if you’re not sure how to label people properly.

  3. Jedi Dread says:

    Democracy in Honduras

    From The Wall Street Journal


    "Hondurans don’t want Mr. Zelaya in their country because he leads a violent, antidemocratic mob, and he tried to use it to undermine the country’s institutions in exactly the same way that Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez has done. Mr. Chávez has also coached Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Bolivia’s Evo Morales. Those democracies, too, have been seriously compromised."


    See the difference between Pro Zeleya and Pro Government protesters here..

    Respect the will of the people.

    Cayman, stick to your constitution. Speak Up… Speak Up Now!

    – Jedi Dread –


  4. M says:

    Yes… Cayman should not close their eyes!

    The people of Honduras are tired of the corruption within the Honduran government, the same government that has ousted their ELECTED president, Mel Zelaya. They believe if they go on strike they will hurt the government by hurting the economy. The Honduran government so far are determined to never have again Mel Zelaya re-instated back in power. They "claim" to have "evidence" that he was involved in narcotics, and attempted to turn Honduras into a Communist state with the help of Hugo Chavez, Venesualan President who was very vocal and critical about George Bush. The protestors are alleging that the government of Honduras are for the "wealthy elite" who have conspired with the United States to overthrow Zelaya, because Zelaya wanted to redistrbute the wealth back into the hands of the poor. It seems like Hondurans are in a sticky situation where they have no real say of what goes on in their own country. It seems they are surrounded by corruption on all sides.

    It is unfortunate that we have good Honduran people and families in the Cayman Islands, who have to put up with these travel limitations. But until the government of Honduras, democratically, deal with the people fairly, we will not see any improvements on the horizon, but increase poverty, crime, and civil unrest, especially, in Tegucigalpa


  5. Jedi Dread says:


    You have absolutely no idea, what you are talking about in regards to Honduras, the present situation, the reason for the strikes or the fight for democracy that is taking place at this very moment.

    Come back after you have educated yourself.

    Only the fool leans upon his own misunderstanding.

    It doth appear, ones view is not as clear as professed.

    – Jedi Dread –

    *For information regarding the current situation in Honduras, please see

    • Clearviewer says:

      Jedi Dread, no offense to you or any one else, but, why shut down hospitals,schools, met office etc etc, vital to your survival?   the longer this goes on the worse it gets and I am saying that we should not put our airline or crew in harms way.


  6. clearviewer says:

    I know that a lot of honduranians are in cayman, but come on now, every time you turn around it is a strike for one thing or another,cant get their way they upset the apple cart, well cayman airways should do what is best in the interest of the airlines,  cancel all flights to honduras,  cant put the life of  the crew or the airlinesin jeapordy, when they learn and understand civility then they will be able to resume normal  living again.