MIAMI — Less than a month after visiting Cuba, JetBlue and Cuba Travel Services announced that the airline will begin operating charter flights between New York JFK and Havana, Cuba on July 3, 2015. The charter will be a second rotation on Fridays to compliment existing charter service between the two cities by Sun Country.
Schedule Between New York and Havana on Fridays as of July 3, 2015:
JFK - HAV HAV - JFK 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
JetBlue is one of six U.S. airlines with rights to operate special charter flights to Cuba. It flew its first charter flight to Havana in September 2011; since, it has added service to Havana and Santa Clara, Cuba from Tampa Bay, and it continues to fly between Ft. Lauderdale and Havana.
When it launches the JFK-Havana charter flights, the airline will be up to five weekly roundtrip flights between the countries.
“We are very excited to partner with yet another prestigious carrier such as JetBlue,” said Michael Zuccato, General Manager at Cuba Travel Services. “A second JFK rotation will provide additional options for travelers in the Tri-State area as well as those connecting passengers that prefer a New York gateway to Cuba. This new partnership will provide our clients with the high quality of service that they’ve grown accustomed to with Cuba Travel Services at a more competitive price.”
JetBlue’s President and CEO, Robin Hayes, was joined by many private sector and political leaders from New York on the “I Heart Blue York” logo jet for a special state trade mission flight to Havana, Cuba to discuss economic and political relations last month.
“Our Global NY initiative and our trade mission to Cuba is all about opening the door to new economic opportunities, and JetBlue’s exciting announcement today is proof that our approach is delivering results for New York businesses,” Governor Cuomo said. “By leading one of the first state trade missions to Cuba as the United States reestablishes diplomatic relations, we placed New York State businesses at the front of the line for new prospects in Cuba, that will in turn support jobs and economic activity here at home. I commend JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes for his leadership in making JetBlue the first major carrier to announce a direct flight from New York to Cuba in this new era between our nations.”
JetBlue is the first airline to announce new Cuba charter service to New York, since the travel restrictions were lightened.