Leading Caribbean Airline Plans to Operate Flights to Santa Clara,
Camagüey and Holguín from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (a)
Airline Applauds U.S. and Cuban Officials On Reestablishing
Commercial Service Between the Two Nations
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced its intent to serve three Cuban
cities from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) (a),
bringing low-cost, high-quality daily service to customers traveling
between the U.S. and Cuba for the first time in 50 years. The
announcement follows the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
decision to grant JetBlue multiple flight frequencies between the U.S.
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JetBlue tentatively plans to operate once daily service between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood and the following destinations (a):
- Santa Clara– Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU)
Camagüey – Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW)
Holguín – Frank País Airport (HOG)
The DOT is still considering applications for routes to Havana.
“Today’s news is historic on many fronts, especially for the families
who, for the first time in generations, will have affordable
award-winning air travel to visit their loved ones,” said Robin Hayes,
president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. “We have been entrusted
to put our mission of inspiring humanity to work. We are committed to
providing those traveling to and from Cuba with the best customer
experience – from the minute they book a flight until they arrive back
The three cities announced today cover diverse regions of Cuba – “the
authentic island” – and offer travelers access to a variety of
destinations and activities. Camagüey and Holguín are each home to
approximately 300,000 people and boast Colonial architecture, parks and
plazas. Santa Clara, centrally located and home to more than 200,000
people, offers a rich history and is home to one of the most respected
universities in Cuba.
“On behalf of our more than 18,000 crewmembers, I commend Secretary
Anthony Foxx and the Department of Transportation, Secretary John Kerry
and the Department of State, and Secretary Pritzker and the Department
of Commerce for making this historic announcement possible,” Hayes said.
“We also look forward to working and building relationships with Cuban
authorities as we begin scheduled commercial service to their country
for the first time in more than 50 years.”
Cuban Commitment & Caribbean Presence
Since starting charter flights to Cuba in 2011, the airline has gained
valuable operational experience in the island nation and established
itself as a trusted, quality carrier with a focus on the customer travel
experience. As its presence grows in Cuba, the airline remains committed
to supporting local Cuban culture and communities, as well as promoting
sustainability initiatives that protect Cuba’s vast and rich natural
resources and coastline.
JetBlue’s presence in Cuba will complement its major Caribbean and Latin
America footprint. With more than 120 average daily flights to the
region, JetBlue has positioned itself as one of the leading airlines in
the region. JetBlue is also the largest carrier in Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood offering flights to nearly 50 nonstop destinations.
Customers on the newly announced routes will benefit whether traveling
from South Florida or connecting to or from other JetBlue cities.
“Visitors to Cuba will be very excited that they will soon be able to
fly nonstop from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” said
Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation for the Broward County Aviation
Department. “Our easily accessible airport combined with JetBlue's low
fares and renowned customer service are a great combination for
travelers to Cuba.”
Flights between the U.S. and Santa Clara, Camagüey and Holguín will be
operated on JetBlue's Airbus A320 aircraft offering the airline’s
award-winning service, featuring the most legroom in coach (b); free
Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (c); complimentary and
unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV®
programming and 100 channels of SiriusXM® radio in every seatback.
Booking & Travel Requirements
Seats for the new flights will go on sale this summer. The restoration
of commercial service gives customers the ability to book travel to and
from Cuba with ease and convenience directly through JetBlue.
All customers traveling to Cuba must be authorized to do so under the
U.S. government’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and they must certify
that they qualify for one of the twelve approved travel categories
outlined by the U.S.
Department of Treasury. All travelers to Cuba should also contact
the Cuban Embassy in Washington to determine the appropriate type of
visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
Additional information on traveling to Cuba will be posted at jetblue.com/flights/cuba
as it is available.
The routes tentatively awarded to JetBlue are part of the airline’s
broader commercial services application submitted to the U.S. Department
of Transportation in March, which also included flight frequencies to
Havana. The agency has not yet awarded Havana frequencies. JetBlue’s
focus cities make it uniquely situated to provide scheduled service
between the U.S. and the Cuban capital. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and
New York City are two of the three largest and most important markets
for Cuba air service because of their large Cuban populations and
associated familial, cultural and financial travel links.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier
in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando,
and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to
96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of
925 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
(a) Subject to receipt of government operating authority.
(b) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average
fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
(c) Fly-Fi is not available on flights operating outside of the
continental U.S. For flights originating outside of the continental
U.S., Fly-Fi will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage
area. Fly-Fi is available on most JetBlue-operated flights, with
fleet-wide installation complete by the end of 2016.
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