JetBlue Airways and its charter partner, Cuba Travel Services, today to announce a new flight from New York to Havana, Cuba. The milestone makes JetBlue the first major carrier to announce a new flight to Cuba from New York since travel restrictions were recently eased.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "By leading one of the first state trade missions to Cuba as the United States reestablishes diplomatic relations, we placed New York State businesses at the front of the line for new prospects in Cuba, that will in turn support jobs and economic activity here at home. I commend JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes for his leadership in making JetBlue the first major carrier to announce a direct flight from New York to Cuba in this new era between our nations."
Cuba Travel Services is offering the flight, operated by JetBlue, on Fridays from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Havana's José Martí International Airport (HAV) beginning July 3, 2015. Travelers should make arrangements directly with Cuba Travel Services (www.cubatravelservices.com).
JetBlue serves all charter flights to Cuba on its 150-seat Airbus A320, and will offer the airline's award-winning service featuring comfortable seating; free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and non-alcoholic/soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio in every seatback; and the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines).
With the addition to the New York-Havana flight, JetBlue will operate five weekly round trips to Cuba, including flights from Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) with various charter partners. Cuba will one day play an important role in JetBlue's overall Caribbean network, a region where JetBlue is the largest airline. The airline began flying to Cuba for charter companies in 2011.
Schedule between New York and Havana on Fridays as of July 3, 2015:
JFK - HAV HAV - JFK 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.