JetBlue Airways today announced it is expanding its presence in Havana and Mexico City with three new routes and more flights from the airline’s northeast and south Florida focus cities.
JetBlue will offer New England’s first nonstop service to Cuba with flights on Saturdays between Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) beginning November 10, 2018. JetBlue will further expand service to Cuba with up to three daily flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Havana on Sundays through Fridays beginning November 11, 2018. The new service is the result of frequencies granted to the airline by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The routes are subject to government approval and will go on sale in the coming weeks.
JetBlue also announced plans to introduce two new daily nonstop flights to Mexico City with service from Boston and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning October 25, 2018. The new routes, subject to government approval, will add to JetBlue’s existing service to Mexico City from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. With this new service, JetBlue will offer six daily flights between the U.S. and Mexico’s capital city.
JetBlue’s new service to Mexico City follows a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to require certain airlines to divest airport slots in order to enhance competition at Mexico City International Airport.
All new service to Cuba and Mexico will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.
JetBlue’s became the first airline to operate commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba in 2016. Commercial service followed nearly five years of successful charter service operating multiple routes between Cuban markets and U.S. cities. In that time, JetBlue built strong relationships with airport authorities and worked closely together to make the successful launch of commercial service possible.
All U.S. customers traveling to Cuba must be authorized to do so under the U.S. government’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and they must certify that they qualify for one of the twelve approved travel categories outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. All travelers to Cuba must make their own determinations with respect to the appropriate travel category, as well as the type of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.