It was a love of travel that drew Lucille Walton to aviation, an advertisement for Cayman Airways that spurred her to take that initial step, and a journey that continues to inspire her. As Cayman Airways celebrates half a century of service this year, Mrs. Walton, too, commemorates its many achievements.
Mrs. Walton joined the airline in 1988, working as a customer service agent and station supervisor before accepting the role of station manager in 1997. Mrs. Walton works in Cayman Brac and manages a team both in the Brac and Little Cayman, overseeing reports, scheduling and check-ins, and corresponding with Little Cayman via her lead agents. She describes the culture of Cayman Airways as a very integrated and supportive team environment. “We are so very close knit. We’re like family.”
Outside of the airline, Mrs. Walton enjoys the outdoors, spending her free time running and boating, highlighting Little Cayman’s Owen Island as one of her favourite spots in the Sister Islands. She also loves spending time with her three grandchildren. “I wake up every morning like it’s Christmas. They are the joy of my life.”
This year, Cayman Airways rings in 50 years of operations, and in October, Mrs. Walton will also celebrate a milestone anniversary: 30 years with the airline. She reminisces on all of the airline’s advancements and accomplishments, heralding the opening of the Little Cayman and Cayman Brac offices as the developments most dear to her heart, both of which she had extensive involvement in.
With great warmth and exuberance, Mrs. Walton commemorates the airline and her many travels throughout her professional journey, a career path that has opened many an opportunity for exploration. “I don’t think there’s a word to explain the sense of pride and the feeling that you get,” she says. “Especially when you’re off-Island, and you see Cayman Airways fly across. When you see that tail come around, it gives you that feeling of pride, that that’s our airline, Cayman Airways.”
Author: Jessie Gilmartin