Service Between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Holguín Extends JetBlue
Service to Three Cuban Cities, With Havana Starting Late-November
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the start of new daily nonstop
service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
and Holguín’s Frank País Airport (HOG) in Cuba. Holguín becomes the
third city served in Cuba from the airline’s south Florida focus city.
With service to Holguín, JetBlue now operate 42 nonstop flights each
week between the two countries and more coming in late November with the
launch of Havana.
“Each time we launch a new Cuba destination we expand affordable,
customer-friendly air service further between the U.S. and Cuba,” said
Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “These historic flight launches
are great news for those traveling between our two countries.”
Situated in eastern Cuba, Holguín is the fourth largest city on the
island and is located more than 400 miles from Havana. The city center
features colonial buildings, plazas and several notable museums. The
broader Holguín province is made up of national parks, mountains, nature
reserves, beaches and scenic cays.
Holguín, JetBlue’s 99th city, joins a growing list of more
than 50 nonstop destinations offered from JetBlue’s Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood focus city as the airline expands to 140 daily
flights in the coming years. For many JetBlue customers across the
growing network, Holguín is now a convenient connection away from many
“We commend the work of both U.S. and Cuban officials for making today
possible. We also commend the Cuban Ministry of Transportation, IACC,
and the Holguín 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 President & 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, Camagüey and Holguín, JetBlue will launch
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 later this
month. 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 Holguín 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
99 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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