Saturday, May 3, 2014

Caribbean: JetBlue Offers Four New Flight Destinations

According to The Latin American Tribune, JetBlue Airways has launched four additional non-stop Caribbean routes linking the US East Coast with cities in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic.

One of the new routes connects Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with the Dominican city of Santiago (STI), the Long Island City, New York-based company said in a press release.

The other three routes link the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (POS); and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ), JetBlue said.

A lack of intra-regional flights in the Caribbean impedes the movement of passengers and cargo among the local economies, most of which impacts on business development.

COMMENT: In recent months, JetBlue has announced a substantial increase in its inter/intra-regional routes servicing the Caribbean, rendering Puerto Rico (SIG) its regional hub and covering the gap left when American Eagle exited that market a year ago.

“We now offer customers 69 nonstop routes from the US to the Caribbean and more than 200 daily flights to, from and within the Caribbean, which is more than any other airline,” JetBlue President Robin Hayes said.

“We will continue to expand our presence in this region to better connect families and friends, create international business opportunities and bring Americans to the wonderful leisure destinations across the Caribbean,” he added.