JetBlue launches Boston-Havana service with direct flights

Posted: 10-Jul-18 09:05

US carrier JetBlue continues to expand its services to Cuba by adding a new point of departure. The airline has announced regular direct flights from Boston, Massachusetts to Havana’s International Airport every Saturday as well as additional flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

JetBlue launches Boston-Havana service with direct flights

 The region of New England in the US will now be just one stop from the Caribbean island of Cuba through a new direct flight service. JetBlue recently announced it would be increasing its service in Cuba via a new connection from Boston, Massachusetts to Havana. Starting on 10th November 2018, the US airline will operate direct flights from Boston's Logan Airport to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport every Saturday.

According to JetBlue, the company had been looking to launch a non-stop route between New England and the Cuban capital since it first started flying to the island in 2016. The region, which comprises the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island will now benefit from being just one stop away from Havana. The city of Boston alone counts with over 120 higher education institutions, and an ample range of health and biotechnology institutes that now have easier access to Cuba for the first time in over 50 years.

Moreover, the US airline has continued to strengthen one of its already existing services by operating an additional flight from Fort Lauderdale to Havana. JetBlue, which has has added a nocturnal service from Havana to Florida, will now fly to from Florida to Cuba three times a week, from Sunday to Wednesday.

Non-stop flights from New England and Fort Lauderdale, along with the existing direct services from New York and Orlando place JetBlue as the US company with most traffic to Cuba. The airline is now connected to Havana from four American cities, more than any other US carrier. The Cuban capital is not the only destination JetBlue travels to within the island; JetBlue features daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport to Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin.

John Checketts, the airline’s network planning vice-president stated:

“As the first airline to operate commercial flights between the US and Cuba, we are immensely proud to be the only company that travels to Havana from Boston, all the while continuing to build on our success in the services we provide from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.”

Finally, the news of JetBlue expanding in Cuba was followed by a note reminding US citizens who are interested in travelling to the island, that they will only be able to do so if they qualify into one of the 12 legal categories issued by the Department of Treasury. Due to the embargo, Americans are forbidden from travelling to Cuba as tourists but can visit on humanitarian projects, "people-to-people" experiences, family visits and other categories.

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