JetBlue Applauds US, Cuban Officials On Reestablishing Commercial Service
SAN JUAN – JetBlue has announced its intent to serve three Cuban cities from Florida, bringing service between the U.S. and Cuba for the first time in 50 years. The announcement follows the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision to grant the airline multiple flight frequencies between the destinations.
“On behalf of our more than 18,000 crewmembers, I commend Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Department of Transportation, Secretary John Kerry and the Department of State, and Secretary Pritzker and the Department of Commerce for making this historic announcement possible,” Robin Hayes, president and CEO of JetBlue said in a statement.
According to JetBlue, it plans to operate once daily service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida and Cuba’s Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU) in Santa Clara, which has yet to be approved; Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW) in Camagüey; and Frank País Airport (HOG) in Holguín. The DOT is still considering applications for routes to Havana.
Camagüey and Holguín each have a population of about 300,000, while Santa Clara has more than 200,000 people.
Seats on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft for the new flights will go on sale this summer directly through the airline. However, people traveling to Cuba must be authorized to do so under the U.S. government’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations and must certify they qualify for one of 12 approved travel categories outlined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. They should also contact the Cuban Embassy in Washington to determine the appropriate type of visa required by Cuba for their purpose of travel.
“Today’s news is historic on many fronts, especially for the families who, for the first time in generations, will have affordable award-winning air travel to visit their loved ones,”Hayes added in JetBlue’s published announcement.
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