MIAMI — Early this morning, JetBlue announced that it would launch flights from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) and Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) on October 29, 2014. This will be the same day that it launches flights between Pittsburgh and Fort Lauderdale.
“We are excited to offer our South Florida customers even more choices by adding two more exciting destinations. As of October 29, we will offer 32 nonstop routes originating in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and we will continuously expand our presence in this region to meet the growing demand. We plan to offer 100 daily flights by 2017,” says JetBlue President Robin Hayes.
JetBlue’s flight to Cartagena will depart Fort Lauderdale at 12:00PM, and it will arrive at 1:54PM. The return flight will depart at 2:50, and it will arrive back in Fort Lauderdale at 6:40PM. All times local.
The new flight to Las Vegas will depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:30PM, and it will arrive at 10:00PM. The return flight will depart Las Vegas at 11:00PM and arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30AM the next day. All times local.
In order to expand its Washington DCA operations, the carrier had to cancel several routes to free up aircraft. In order to maintain growth by adding new routes, the airline has been adding more overnight flights (such as the FLL-LAS flight and the Orlando to Salt Lake City flight) to take advantage of aircraft sitting on the ground overnight.
Fort Lauderdale continues to be a battle ground between the low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. Although, it’s been rumored that Spirit may move some if not most of its operations to Miami sometime within the next few years.
Additionally, Delta and US Airways have large a large presence at Fort Lauderdale.