JetBlue launches first route from Boston to Havana

Posted: 23-Nov-18 09:21

JetBlue recently launched its first flight from Boston to Havana. Recent months have seen several American carriers stop or decrease their flights to the island. JetBlue won the bid for Boston service based on a large number of Cuban-Americans in New England.

JetBlue launches first route from Boston to Havana

Earlier this month, JetBlue launched its first flights from Boston to Havana, part of the airline’s expansion to the island. The aircraft had over 120 passengers on board and was the latest in attempts to extend travel to the country despite tensions with the United States.

It was a half century ago when commercial flights from the United States to Cuba and vice versa came to an end. In 2016, flights between the countries resumed as the Obama’s administration’s efforts towards diplomacy with Cuba paved the way. Under the Trump administration, however, travel restrictions between the two countries were once again reinstated.

Since the reinstatement of travel restrictions, there has reportedly been a drop in the number of United States travellers to Cuba. In just the first quarter of 2018, there was a 45 percent drop in terms of passengers visiting the island in comparison to that same time period in 2017.

With decreasing demand, a number of US airlines dropped their service to Cuba or decreased the number of flights they offered. They include Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and Spirit. JetBlue still offers flights to the island, however. In addition to the recent inaugural Boston flight, the carrier also offers flights from New York as well as Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Currently, Americans can’t visit Cuba strictly as tourists. Americans can only travel to the island under twelve State Department-approved categories, including academic purposes, family visits, or support for the Cuban people.

JetBlue was able to win the bid for Boston service based on the stats. There are an estimated 29,000 people of Cuban origin in New England, potentially allowing for a large number of people to have a reason to book a flight. The cost of a flight from Boston to Havana currently costs $400 or less and takes about seven to eight hours with one stop.

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