Daily Flights From Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood Bring Low-Fares and
Award-Winning Service to Second Cuban City
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today expanded its service to Cuba, operating the
airline’s first flight to Camagüey’s Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW).
With daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport (FLL), Camagüey becomes the second city served by JetBlue on the
island nation since operating the first commercial flights in more than
50 years between the U.S. and Cuba in August. The new Camagüey route
further advances JetBlue’s plan to usher in a new era of affordable and
convenient air travel to Cuba.
“Camagüey is the latest move in our commitment to Cuba following our
historic first flight in more than 50 years from the U.S. earlier this
year,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “With today’s
inaugural flight to Camagüey, we bring low fares and our award winning
service to yet another new market where customers have faced expensive
and complicated service for too long.”
Situated nearly 350 miles to the east of Havana, Camagüey was settled in
the early 1500s and today its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site featuring urban squares and historic architecture.
Camagüey expands JetBlue’s Caribbean presence and the airline’s overall
reach to 98 cities in 22 countries across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin
America. It also continues to grow JetBlue’s presence at its Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood focus city where it is the No. 1 airline offering
flights to more than 50 nonstop destinations. Beyond Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood, Camagüey is now a convenient connection away from
many JetBlue cities.
“We commend the work of both U.S. and Cuban officials for making today
possible. We extend our deep appreciation to the Cuban Ministry of
Transportation, IACC, and the Camagüey Airport for entrusting us to
operate this route and look forward to our long-term partnership as we
continue to grow our presence in Cuba,” said JetBlue CEO Hayes.
JetBlue Sets Out toRemove Cost & Complexity for Customers
With affordable fares in each of its Cuban markets, JetBlue has removed
the high costs and complexity of travel to Cuba while offering the same
award-winning service that has made the airline popular throughout the
Caribbean. True to its customer focus, JetBlue is taking a number of
steps unique to its Cuba launch to set it apart from competitors known
for offering high prices and inferior service:
- Affordable fares: JetBlue offers a low starting fare to make
Cuba more accessible to those visiting family members or traveling to
Cuba for cultural, business or group travel.
- Health insurance included: JetBlue includes Cuban
government-required health insurance coverage for all travelers on all
Cuba-bound flights so that customers do not have to worry about
obtaining the insurance separately.
- Affidavit in a few clicks: Under U.S. regulations, every
customer traveling to Cuba must complete an affidavit affirming the
customer is going for one of 12 reasons of approved travel from the U.S.
Department of Treasury. JetBlue has built the completion of the
affidavit right into the booking process so it can be finished in only
a couple of clicks.
- Day-of-travel Cuban Tourist Visa (Tourist Card): Separate from
the U.S.-regulated 12 categories, Cuba requires visitors to obtain an
entrance visa onto the island. For customers who qualify for a Cuban
Tourist Visa (Tourist Card), JetBlue will make those available for
purchase upon check-in at one of its gateway airports or at the gate
for connecting customers on the day of travel. All travelers to Cuba
should make their own determination with respect to the appropriate
type of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
- Breeze in, breeze out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood:Broward
County’s Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is
considered South Florida’s most convenient airport, centrally located
just 30 minutes north of Miami, and 45 minutes south of Palm Beach.
With convenient parking located a close walking distance from the
terminals, travelers can breeze in and clear security within minutes.
JetBlue to Be Preferred Airline to Cuba, and Throughout Caribbean
In addition to Santa Clara and Camagüey, JetBlue will launch service
between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Holguín – Frank País Airport (HOG)
on November 10. Starting November 28, JetBlue will begin launching
service between Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) and New
York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Orlando
International Airport (MCO), and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. With up to
seven daily flights between the U.S. and Cuba JetBlue is committed to
investing in and growing new Cuban markets.
JetBlue’s commercial service follows nearly five years of successful
charter service operating multiple routes between Cuban markets and U.S.
cities. In that time, JetBlue has built strong relationships with
airport authorities and worked closely together to make the launch of
commercial service possible.
Flights between the U.S. and Camagüey feature the most legroom in coach
(a) and complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks.
(a) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average
fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
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
98 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of
925 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
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