LONDON — JetBlue has announced additional expansion plans out of Havana, Cuba paving the way for more connectivity between the United States and the Caribbean Island.
Starting on November 10, JetBlue will operate a Saturday service between Boston-Logan (BOS) and Havana’s Jose Marti International (HAV), with Flight 867 departing Boston at 12:30 local and arriving into Havana at 16:30 local. The return Flight 868 will then leave Havana at 17:30 and be back in Boston at 21:10 local.
The carrier is also adding one more flight to HAV from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), bringing the total to three daily services respectively.
Flight 1899 will leave FLL at 15:10 and arrive into Havana at 16:30 with the return leaving at 17:30 and back into FLL by 18:40.
“As the first airline to operate commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba, we are proud to celebrate another first as the only carrier to serve Havana from Boston while also growing our successful service in Fort Lauderdale,” said John Checketts, vice president network planning, JetBlue.
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“JetBlue will operate more than 50 weekly flights between the U.S. and Cuba from every one of our east coast focus cities,” he said.
The Fort Lauderdale route, in particular, is a big one because, from that airport, JetBlue flies to three other Cuban destinations (Santa Clara, Camaguey, and Holguin).
Adding Havana means that they have full connectivity into Cuba from South Florida.
And as New England tourism boosts for Cuba tourism, we could see the same thing happening from BOS.
For now, it is a significant expansion into a market where they have dominated since the very start.