JetBlue expands in the Caribbean with routes to Kingston and San Juan

  • JetBlue, which currently is one of the fastest-growing US airlines partly due to its expansion in the Caribbean, further increased its presence in the region last week. On 25 March, the airline commenced services from Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) to Kingston (KIN) in Jamaica, which it already serves from Newark. Twice-daily flights are offered on the 1,000-kilometre route; all will be operated with 100-seat E-190s. Additionally, JetBlue added a daily A320 service to San Juan (SJU) in Puerto Rico, to its New York Newark, NJ (EWR) network. The airline already serves San Juan 35 times weekly from New York JFK. In the Fort Lauderdale to Kingston market, competition comes from Caribbean Airlines’ twice-daily and Spirit’s daily frequencies, while United is the only other carrier to offer flights between Newark and San Juan and matches JetBlue’s frequencies. San Juan is also served from New York JFK by American Airlines and Delta in addition to JetBlue, providing additional indirect competition for the new operation with their combined 49 weekly frequencies.

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