Washington, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. airline JetBlue showed its commitment to keep flying to Cuba by announcing a new service from the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, and additional trips from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Starting November 10, 2018 JetBlue will operate a Saturday service between Boston Logan International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, the company announced in a statement.
The airline, which already has the largest operations at the Logan, will be the only one to offer nonstop service between the New England region, which includes the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and Cuba.
According to the company, it has sought a nonstop route between Boston and the island’s capital since it first requested commercial service to Cuba in 2016.
Boston has more than 120 institutions of higher education and more college students per capita than most other cities in the world.
These educational institutions, as well as health and biotechnology institutions located in the metropolitan area, will benefit from the new weekly service, the statement said.
According to the statement, the new service also benefits JetBlue customers in several other cities, including Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, where travelers will have access to new connection options that make Havana just one stop from their home.
In the case of Fort Lauderdale, the airline will operate an additional flight from Sunday to Friday, which will take it to three daily flights between South Florida and Havana; and a night flight is added from the Cuban capital.
Nonstop flights from New England and Fort Lauderdale, combined with such service from New York and Orlando, mean that JetBlue will connect Havana with four U.S. cities, more than any other U.S. airline.
As the first airline to operate commercial service between the United States and Cuba, we are proud to be the only one to travel to Havana from Boston and, at the same time, increase our successful service in Fort Lauderdale, John Checketts, vice president of network planning, pointed out in the text.
In addition to Havana, the airline flies to three other Cuban cities with daily service from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international airport: Santa Clara, Camagüey and Holguin.
The statement also reminded that U.S. customers interested in traveling to Cuba must do so under one of the 12 categories of travel approved by the Treasury Department, because as a result of the blockade imposed by Washington on the Caribbean country; U.S. citizens are prohibited from traveling to Cuba.