Why will airfares be increasing so much in 2018?

| 06/12/2017

I have noticed while planning some trips next year that some flights have gone up a considerable amount. Is it just the carrier/fuel or has GCM increased their landing fees and passed the costs onto the carriers and in turn onto me?

Auntie’s answer: An official with the Cayman Islands Airports Authority confirmed that they have not increased their landing fees, so that is good news.

Therefore, it would seem that the answer to your question is more likely what you suggested: that fuel prices dictated the increase or the carriers simply decided they needed to raise their fares.

The economics of airfares falls well outside my comfort zone but, drawing on a time-honoured philosophy, I will submit that sometimes the simplest explanation is the best. In this case, I am leaning towards airlines choosing to charge more for whatever reason they each might have. Whether those price increases are justified is another question entirely.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for answering my question. I am happy to learn that there was no increase to fees that happened without being announced.

  2. Anonymous says:

    High Season perhaps…all carriers raise their rates at this time..higher demand equals higher prices…simple economics!

    By the way all routes have varying costs such as landing and handling fees…Landing at Ft. Lauderdale vs Miami for instance is less expensive but then you don’t have the vast connectivity of Miami airport…same with Orlando International and Sanford airport.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I understand increasing fares, but why is KX charging KYD 20.00 more going to Little Cayman than Cayman Brac?
    Little Cayman, shorter distance, no Landing Fees, would like to know why?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because they don’t want you using the Otter to get to the Brac.
      They want you to use the unreliable SAABs that keep breaking down.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because our dear Moses K who bought the Saad Saabs which are unreliable wants us to use them (they cannot go to Little Cayman) and leave the Otters for Little Cayman only. Please note that you pay the extra just to be on the Otter plane just to land in Little even if your final destination is Brac. This is forcing Brac travelers to never book on the Otter as it is more expensive just to land in Little on your way in and out of the Sister Islands.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The big increase in visitors is driving the price up. If the planes are full, then prices go up. If they are still full prices go up more (or the airlines add seats) until you reach a price that matches the number of seats and the number of people willing to pay for them. Cost has little or nothing to do with that price. The laws of supply and demand are still in effect, even in Cayman and the semi-socialist UK. The higher price is justified by the large number of people volunteering to pay it. Southwest is not adding flights to Cayman because prices are low and planes are empty, but just the opposite.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It happens!!!! Do you expect them to remain the same forever?? When the fares go down, that is called a sale. There is no always a sale going on.
    This is the weirdest question… Maybe new to travelling..

  6. Diogenes says:

    Considering they are meant to be swapping out their older planes for “newer” ones that are more fuel efficient due to various improvements such as winglets which reduce drag by minimizing vortices near the wingtips, shouldn’t the prices of tickets be reduced or the same when compared to before not increasing? Of course there are tons of other factors that affect ticket price and they cannot be understated. It could always just be that the airlines are looking to profit off of routes to and from Cayman seeing as as far as I am aware Cayman Airways is operating at a loss and being subsidized by the CIG it could be that they are attempting to be more independent from government handouts.

    There is a great group of informative videos that I will link to below in case anyone wants to be informed on the future of planes, Budget Airlines and Why flying is so expensive and more. The creator of these videos has tons of other stuff on his channel as well and while they are not definitive sources of information they provide nice easily digestible summaries that just about anyone can watch.

    Quite interesting stuff considering it effects us all whether that be our travels or our disposable incomes.

    Diogenes of Cayman

    How Budget Airlines Work:

    The Future of Planes (Design-wise):

    Why is Flying so expensive:

    Why Planes don’t fly faster:

    The Plane Industry (Bombardier Vs Boeing):

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t think the person asking the question was referring just to Cayman Airways. All carriers seemed to have raised their fares.