MIAMI -- As Hurricane
Dennis lumbered through the Caribbean on July 7, packing winds up
to 115 mph -- a strong Category 3 storm -- islands in its projected
path rushed to complete storm preparations.
Hurricane warnings were
in effect for Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, southwestern Haiti and
Cubas eastern provinces.
In Jamaica, Norman
Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International
Airport in Montego Bay are currently closed.
Air Jamaica, meanwhile,
canceled all flights to and from Montego Bay and Kingston and eased
ticket change restrictions for passengers affected by the storm.
Passengers with confirmed reservations for travel slated to begin
July 6 to 9 may defer their trips without penalty.
The carrier will issue
travel vouchers equal to the total value of the original booking
for flights to any Air Jamaica destinations. Vouchers may be
redeemed for travel up to one year from date of voucher
Passengers already in
transit during the July 6 to 9 period may defer their return trips
without penalty, although travel must be completed by July
Half Moon resort in
Montego Bay waived cancellation fees through July 10; guests will
be able to reschedule their visit at the original rate booked up to
Dec. 15 or between May and October 2006.
As soon as the storm was
detected in our region, our emergency management team automatically
mobilized to monitor developments and activate the necessary steps,
said Richard Whitfield, managing director at Half Moon
In the Cayman Islands,
where damage from Hurricane Ivan is still evident [the category 5
storm struck there last September], residents were warned to
complete storm preparations as soon as possible.
Cayman Airways canceled
its daily flight from Grand Cayman to Kingston, Jamaica, and added
extra sections to Miami to accommodate passengers from Americans
canceled flight to and from Grand Cayman. The carrier waived ticket
change penalties through July 10.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].