Posted on: 12 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
JetBlue Airways has announced an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add one new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer.
The weekly flight, which begins on 5 June, will operate on Fridays from Tampa (TPA) to Havana (HAV). The addition is one of the first expansions in charter service by a major US airline since the US restrictions on travel to Cuba were eased in January.
"Cuba will one day play an important role in our overall Caribbean network, a region where customer response has already helped us grow into the leading US airline," explained Scott Laurence, senior vice-president, airline planning, JetBlue. "Expanding our charter programme reflects the thoughtful approach we are taking in Cuba over the long-term."
JetBlue will now have four weekly round trips to Cuba. In addition to the new Friday flight, JetBlue and ABC Charters operate weekly flights from Tampa to Havana on Tuesdays and from Tampa to Santa Clara (SNU) on Wednesdays. JetBlue also operates flights between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Havana through Xael Charters on Fridays. The carrier is currently evaluating opportunities to add additional charter flights.