NEW YORK — JetBlue announced plans to serve Havana from three U.S. cities including JFK Airport in NY, 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.
JetBlue plans to operate daily service between Havana and the following U.S. cities :
- New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – once daily
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – up to twice daily
- 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.”
Seats for the new flights will go on sale later this summer. Flights between the U.S. and Cuba will be operated on Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.