JetBlue launches Cuba flights to Camaguey, Holguin and Santa Clara for just $99

Posted: 02-Aug-16 14:31

The U.S. airline is set to become the first commercial American carrier to fly regular routes to Cuba as it unveils the launch of their three new flights to the island starting 31st August. Flying to Camaguey, Holguin and Santa Clara as soon as the end of this month, JetBlue is celebrating the occasion with cheap fares to Cuba priced at just $99 each way.

JetBlue launches Cuba flights to Camaguey, Holguin and Santa Clara for just $99

The winner in the who-gets-to-Cuba-first-race among the six U.S. airlines approved to fly direct commercial routes to Cuba has finally been unveiled. For some time we thought it had been Silver Airways with their 1st September inaugural flight to Santa Clara who had championed the winning title and beat JetBlue to it but it seems JetBlue wasn’t exactly resting on its laurels as it will be getting to Cuba the first of all in the end, albeit only by one day earlier than Silver.

The first of JetBlue’s direct routes to Cuba will take off on 31st August connecting Fort Lauderdale in Florida to the western Cuba city of Santa Clara with a thrice-weekly frequency which will then move to daily at the start of October. JetBlue’s two other direct services to Cuba will launch later on with the Fort Lauderdale-Camaguey service starting on 3rd November and the Fort Lauderdale-Holguin on 10th November.

To mark the occasion of JetBlue’s commercial debut in Cuba (it’s the only of the six U.S. approved airlines who had previously flown to Cuba via charter flights), the airline is offering heavily discounted ticket prices to the island, with flight seats available for just $99 USD each way. With this fare-slashing tactic, JetBlue is looking to get ahead of the other competitors, many of whom had already offered discounted fares to attract passengers to their newest destination in the Caribbean – the former forbidden fruit of Cuba.

So, as it happens, JetBlue wasn’t the first Cuba-bound airline to push down fares. First it was American Airlines offering discounted fares to Cuba ahead of its inaugural flight to Cienfuegos, scheduled for 7th September, with roundtrip ticket prices linking New York to two Cuban cities going for as low as $262.

But it seems JetBlue is going further and better. Their extremely competitive rates to promote their new Cuba routes are a significant bargain when compared to the other six U.S. carriers approved for direct commercial services to Cuba, but especially when compared to existing charter flights, which can fare for as much as $600 USD return.

These low airfares to Cuba aren’t likely to stay low for long though; as once the initial round of tickets are sold it’s highly likely that fares will go back up. So far 50 daily flights connecting the U.S. to Cuba have been approved, but many U.S. airlines are still awaiting the U.S. Department of Transport’s final verdict on which direct routes flying to Havana will receive approval, as the number of requests connecting the Cuban capital to U.S. cities far exceeded the number of allocations allowed.


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