Posted on: 03 March 2016 by Mark Howells
JetBlue has submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation for commercial air service on multiple routes between the US and Cuba using its Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.
The airline has proposed to fly 15 daily frequencies connecting 4 Cuban cities with 6 US cities. Proposed routes include New York (Kennedy) to Havana (2 daily frequencies); Fort Lauderdale to Havana (4 daily frequencies); Fort Lauderdale to Camagu?ey (1 daily frequency); Fort Lauderdale to Holguin (1 daily frequency); Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara (1 daily frequency); Orlando to Havana (2 daily frequencies); Tampa – Havana (2 daily frequencies); Newark to Havana (1 daily frequency); and Boston to Havana (1 daily frequency).
JetBlue’s application stated, “JetBlue is the best airline and natural choice to be awarded frequencies for United States-Cuba service based upon the Department’s public interest and public benefit standards … The well-recognised and admired JetBlue brand along with its award-winning customer service will thrive in the Cuba market and undoubtedly will stimulate additional traffic between the United States and Cuba.”
JetBlue anticipates a start date of 8 September 2016 or within 100 days after receipt of all necessary approvals. The carrier first began operating charters to Cuba in 2011 and now flies to Havana and Santa Clara from New York, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and Tampa. JetBlue plans to continue operating charter flights with its partners as the process of assigning frequencies for scheduled service flights proceeds.