JetBlue Airways strengthens its presence in the Caribbean

JetBlue’s inaugural to Santa Clara, in Cuba, was celebrated with a “Cuban” cake, featuring the country’s famous symbols, namely coffee, cigars and Che Guevara. The flight is operated as a charter service due to the trade embargo between the two countries.

JetBlue Airways’ Fort Lauderdale, FL – Port-au-Prince launch was marked with the traditional cake, Haitian dances and music.

  • JetBlue Airways strengthened its presence in the Caribbean with three new services last week. The low-cost airline linked New York JFK, NY (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) with Port-au-Prince (PAP), the capital of Haiti. In addition, the airline launched a weekly flight (Wednesday) from Tampa, FL (TPA) to Santa Clara (SNU) in Cuba, which is operated as a charter service due to the trade embargo between the US and the largest Caribbean island. The two services to Port-au-Prince are flown in direct competition with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Spirit Airlines. Commenting on the launch of the services to Haiti, Dave Barger JetBlue’s president and CEO, said: “We see great opportunities with our new service to Port-au-Prince. We look forward to bringing competitive fares along with our award-winning service to Haiti. With one-third of our network serving the Caribbean and Latin America, we are very pleased to add this important destination to our network.” See if these new routes win this week’s “Arch of Triumph”.
Launch date Origin Destination WF A/C Competition (WF)
04-Dec-13 Tampa, FL (TPA) Santa Clara (SNU) 1 A320
05-Dec-13 New York JFK, NY (JFK) Port-au-Prince(PAP) 7 A320 American Airlines (7), Delta Air Lines (7)
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) 14 E190 American Airlines (14), Spirit Airlines (7)
Source: Innovata/Diio Mio for w/c 10 December 2013

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