NEW YORK — JetBlue has launched service to its 100th destination with the beginning of historic service to Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) with the first flight taking off this morning shortly after 9 a.m. from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
JetBlue is also offering service to Havana from Orlando beginning Tuesday, November 29 and service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood begins Wednesday, November 30.
JetBlue flight 243 became the first commercial flight to Cuba from the New York area since scheduled service resumed this year and marked the first day of U.S. commercial service to the Cuban Capital in more than 50 years. The New York metropolitan area is home to the second-largest Cuban-American population in the U.S.
“JetBlue didn’t even exist when commercial service ended, and now we are a leading airline in Cuba and the Caribbean,” said Robin Hayes, President and Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue. “We are proud to touch down in Havana today on the very first day of commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba’s capital.”
“This inaugural flight between New York and Havana is a milestone in this new era of progress between our two nations, and another tangible result of this state’s successful trade mission to Cuba,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I congratulate JetBlue on this landmark accomplishment, which will help further ties and strengthen the economic relationship between New York and Cuba.”
“Today’s inaugural regular JetBlue flight between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana results from Governor Cuomo’s pioneering State visit to Cuba in April 2015 and represents another historic aviation milestone for the region that will further increase commerce and benefit travelers,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “I am proud the Port Authority and JFK Airport are involved in this significant step forward in helping to reestablish direct travel between the U.S. and Cuba.”
JetBlue now serves four destinations in Cuba. With its inaugural flight to Santa Clara in August, JetBlue became the first U.S. carrier to operate commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba in more than 50 years. Earlier this month JetBlue began serving the cities of Camagüey and Holguín.
“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 Havana 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.