JetBlue launches first flights between U.S and Havana, Cuba

Posted: 08-Dec-16 11:45

JetBlue has launched brand new flights to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba. The airline was the first U.S carrier to bring scheduled commercial flights to Cuba in more than five decades, and it will offer daily services to the vibrant city from New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the United States. The new city is the airline’s 100th destination worldwide, and the fourth in Cuba.

JetBlue launches first flights between U.S and Havana, Cuba

JetBlue launched its first service to José Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba’s capital, last month. The carrier is the first U.S airline to bring commercial scheduled flights to Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

The city marks the airline’s 100th destination worldwide, and the fourth destination in Cuba. There will be daily return flights to Havana available from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, Orlando International Airport (MCO), and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Robin Hayes, the President and Chief Executive Officer at JetBlue said:

“Our historic first flight kicked off a new era in travel to Cuba, and once again JetBlue will make history with flights that finally make flying to the Cuban capital simple, affordable and enjoyable."

and added:

"It’s remarkable that a start-up airline less than 17 years old will mark Havana as its 100th destination.”

U.S flights to Havana will be operated on the airline’s newest Airbus A321 aircraft. Introductory fares from Florida start at $54 one way and $99 one way from New York.

The launch of the new flights was celebrated at JFK Airport in New York with a Live from T5 concert in Terminal 5, with music from an award-winning Cuban group and performances from a Cuban dance group from New York. Visitors to T5 could also enjoy watch the creation of a live mural by a Cuba-based artist, and traditional Cuban food was served.

JetBlue is also supporting a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan in New York. Cuba! showcases the culture, lifestyle, heritage and biodiversity of the Caribbean island nation, through interactive experiences, music performances and dance.

Over the years, the American Museum of Natural History worked closely with Cuban scientists and institutions on research and collaborations. Scientists from iconic museum have taken approximately 30 expeditions and field projects in Cuba over the past 120 years, despite the last 50 years being off-limits to many Americans.

Following more than five decades of diplomatic hostilities, Cuba and the United States have recently resumed relations. This summer, the first commercial flight to travel between the U.S and Cuba since 1961 took to the skies as JetBlue flight 387 flew from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. 


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