JetBlue Airways announced that they would be expanding their charter service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana later this year with an additional flight operated on one of their Airbus A320 aircraft.
Per JetBlue, After successfully launching the first Havana-bound flight on a major airline from New York since travel restrictions were eased this year, JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Cuba Travel Services (CTS) today announced the addition of a second JetBlue charter flight connecting the two cities with nonstop service. The expansion of the JetBlue-CTS schedule comes shortly after the U.S. further eased restrictions by allowing approved travelers to Cuba to travel with close relatives.
The roundtrip charter flight between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV) will operate every Tuesday beginning December 1, 2015. The existing JetBlue-CTS flight operates every Friday, giving New York customers more flexibility in their travel plans.
“Even as the world anticipates what future air travel to Cuba will look like, we recognize that many Americans need to travel there today,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning, JetBlue. “We want JetBlue to be the favorite airline for travel to Cuba — more frequencies with our charter partners and our unmatched onboard experience position us perfectly to be the airline of choice.”
JetBlue has doubled its number of charter flights to Cuba since travel restrictions have eased, and is the only major airline operating charter flights from New York.
Through its charter partners, JetBlue flies to Havana and Santa Clara from New York, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa. All flights are operated on 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft with JetBlue crewmembers and the same JetBlue experience as scheduled service, including free Fly-Fi broadband internet, the most inflight entertainment, free snacks and soft drinks, and the most legroom in coach.