MIAMI —JetBlue has announced today the increase of frequencies in the Fort Lauderdale – Barbados service, as well as a new codeshare agreement between the low-cost carrier and Seaborne Airlines.
The new increase in frequencies to Barbados will allow JetBlue to offer daily flights to the island, set to begin in April 2016 and subject to government approval. Once the flights start, Barbados will be served from three cities in the United States: New York, Boston (to begin on November 7) and now, Fort Lauderdale.
“Barbados is a terrific example of a destination where we have a true partnership with the tourism ministry, the airport, and local hoteliers. We are working together to expand travel options to this incredibly beautiful island, boosting tourism and the local economy.” said JetBlue’s President & CEO Robin Hayes at the Caribbean Tourism Organization State of the Industry Conference in Curacao. “Thanks to the US-Barbados open skies agreement, and so many of the open skies agreements the US has with other nations, JetBlue has been able to continuously add new low fare services like this one, and that’s been a real boon for the traveling public.”
More Options Out of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Besides increasing its service to Barbados, JetBlue also announced today the initiation of a codeshare agreement with Seaborne Airlines, expanding even more the interline agreement established in 2013. It is intended to offer travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean, a region that has seen an increasing competition from consolidated carriers such as Insel Air and Caribbean Airlines, as well as new players such as PAWA Dominicana.
Connections between JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines will be made via San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), where JetBlue is the largest carrier. Initially, codeshare will be limited to eight Seaborne Airlines destinations: Anguilla, Tortola, Dominica, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Croix. In a late stage, once received the corresponding government approvals, the codeshare will be extended further to destinations in Dominican Republic, Antigua, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
“This latest codeshare agreement combines Seaborne Airlines’ experience serving exciting Caribbean destinations with JetBlue’s established footing as an award-winning carrier to the region,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president, airline planning at JetBlue.
The codeshare will benefit Seaborne Airlines to offer connections through San Juan to 15 destinations in the United States and the Caribbean, and compete with regional players such as LIAT and Air Antilles Express.
“The entire Seaborne Airlines team is excited to begin our codeshare relationship with JetBlue,” said Gary Foss, President and CEO of Seaborne Airlines. “I’m confident that our customers, Caribbean residents, and tourism to our region will all benefit as a result of this agreement.”