Leading Caribbean Airline Plans to Operate Flights to Cuban Capital
From New York-JFK, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Fla., and Orlando, Fla. (a)
Havana Routes Boost JetBlue’s Leadership In Cuba With Previously
Announced Service to Santa Clara, Camagüey and Holguín
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced its intent to serve Havana from
three U.S. cities, bringing low-cost, high-quality daily service to
customers traveling between the U.S. and Cuba for the first time in more
than 50 years. The announcement follows the U.S. Department of
Transportation’s (DOT) tentative decision to grant JetBlue up to four
daily nonstop flights between the U.S. and Havana.
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JetBlue plans to operate daily service between Havana and the following
U.S. cities (a):
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – once daily
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – up to twice
- Orlando International Airport (MCO) – once daily
“The addition of Havana as our fourth Cuban destination gives JetBlue
the opportunity to bring everyday people traveling to and from these
cities in Cuba the same low fares and great service that makes our
airline the favorite way to fly in the Caribbean,” said Robin Hayes,
president and chief executive officer, JetBlue.
Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the one of the largest cities in the
Caribbean, and one of the most culturally rich urban centers in the
world. Home to more than 2 million people, Havana boasts a historic
center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, unique
architecture and various monuments set against the city’s bustling port
on the Caribbean Sea.
JetBlue’s focus cities make it uniquely situated to provide scheduled
service. 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. Orlando is the home of major attractions, which
are important sites for international visitors and the Orlando area is
home to a large number of Cuban-Americans. Each of the U.S. gateways
also allow for convenient connecting service from destinations across
the JetBlue network.
“I commend Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Department of Transportation,
Secretary John Kerry and the Department of State, and Secretary Penny
Pritzker and the Department of Commerce for making this historic
announcement possible,” Hayes said. “We also appreciate the efforts of
Cuban authorities to facilitate the launch of 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, JetBlue 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.
Flights between the U.S. and Havana will be operated on JetBlue's Airbus
A320 aircraft and A321 aircraft. Both offer 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.
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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