Posted on: 29 July 2016 by Mark Howells
From 31 August 2016, JetBlue will launch flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) using its Airbus A320 aircraft.
Initially services will run between FLL and Santa Clara’s Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before becoming daily from 1 October 2016. The FLL-SNU leg will take off at 11:00 and land at 12:12 before the return service leaves SNU at 13:15 to reach FLL at 14:35.
From 3 November 2016, JetBlue will begin daily flights from FLL to Camagüey’s Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW). The outbound service will take off and land at 10:35 and 12:00 respectively, before returning from CMW at 13:01 and touching down back in FLL at 14:33.Finally, the carrier will inaugurate daily flights between FLL and Holguín (HOG) from 10 November 2016 which will take off from the former at 11:30 and land in the latter at 13:04 before the HOG–FLL leg leaves at 14:05 to reach HOG at 15:46.
“It’s a new day for Cuba travellers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for,” stated Marty St. George, JetBlue’s EVP commercial and planning, JetBlue. “We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuban travel with affordable fares and great service.”
To set its new Cuba offering apart from competitors, JetBlue will include health insurance coverage required by the Cuban government on flights with lower fares. The airline is also allowing passengers to easily complete an affidavit as part of the booking process, affirming they’re travelling to Cuba for one of 12 reasons approved by the US Department of Treasury.
Furthermore, JetBlue will make Cuban tourist visas available for purchase upon check-in at its gateway airports or at the gate for connecting customers on the day of travel. Finally, the carrier is offering passengers flying to Cuba one piece of checked luggage for free.
JetBlue has also been tentatively awarded flights between Havana and three US cities for a total of up to seven daily round trips between the countries.