Cayman Aviation City

Aviation Sector

Where Global Business Thrives

Cayman Maritime & Aviation City is part of Cayman Enterprise City (CEC), the Cayman Islands’ award-winning special economic zones. It is the ideal hub for globally-focused businesses within the aviation sector, seeking access to Cayman’s tax-neutral environment. Businesses established within CEC have the benefit of no local corporate, income, sales, capital gains, or payroll tax.

Hundreds of companies of all sizes from across the globe are already operating from within CEC and benefiting from its outstanding platform for growth. They enjoy generous Cayman Islands Government concessions, which are designed to enable the time-efficient and cost-effective set up and on-going operation of a physical presence in the Islands.  Businesses can be fully set up and operational with a staffed office within CEC in as little as 4-6 weeks; this includes the administrative processing of work/residency visas for any expatriate staff that the business may require within 5 working days. 

The ability for aviation companies to cost-effectively and time-efficiently set up a physical business presence within Cayman Maritime & Aviation City, can be useful in aiding aircraft registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) meet the requirements of obtaining an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to fly on flights for the purpose of commercial air transport, in particular in relation to the requirement to ‘maintain a principal place of business’ in the Cayman Islands. Cayman Enterprise City is a proud member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

Special Economic Zone Benefits 

  • No local corporate, income, sales capital gains or payroll tax
  • Fast, efficient and cost-effective set up within 4-6 weeks
  • 5 Year renewable work permits granted within 5 days
  • A safe, stable British Overseas Territory with robust laws
  • Excellent service providers to support your business
  • Easy access to the North and Latin America
  • An appropriately regulated environment
  • Ongoing support 

As an exclusive member of the zone you also get these perks:

  • You become part of this large, vibrant community of likeminded entrepreneurs
  • Access to our monthly networking events and meet-ups
  • Access to our monthly sporting and social events
  • Access to educational and thought-leadership events and conferences
  • Introductions to banks for all your offshore banking needs
  • Ability to join our discounted group health plan and pension plan
  • Introductions to excellent service providers including lawyers and accountants
  • Access to talent recruitment services and our free jobs portal
  • Support from onsite Community Managers
  • Access to our members portal


Eligible Market Sectors

Businesses in the following aviation sectors may be eligible to be licensed into the zone:

  • Businesses involved in the transport of passengers by air over regular routes and on regular schedules
  • Charter flights for passengers, scenic and sightseeing flights
  • Renting of air‐transport equipment with operator for the purpose of passenger transportation
  • General aviation activities, such as the transport of passengers by aero clubs for instruction or pleasure
  • The transport freight by air over regular routes and on regular schedules
  • Non‐scheduled transport of freight by air
  • Launching of satellites and space vehicles, space transport
  • Renting of air‐transport equipment with operator for the purpose of freight transportation
  • Logistics planning and aircraft management
  • Management consulting and other specialised services to the aviation sector

Aircraft Registry  

The role of the CAACI is primarily to function as the regulatory organisation responsible for safety oversight and economic regulation of the aviation industry throughout the territory and to ensure that the Cayman Islands aviation industry conforms to international standards and recommended practices. Learn more about aircraft registry here. 

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