SOURCE: JetBlue

November 12, 2013 10:55 ET

JetBlue to Fly to 25 Caribbean Destinations This Winter and Expand Interline Partnerships to Even More Islands

An Average of 200 Daily Flights Scheduled This Winter to, From, and Within Caribbean; New Destinations Available With Cape Air, LIAT, and Seaborne Airlines

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 12, 2013) - JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announces its expanded winter schedule in the Caribbean, featuring more flights than ever before. With the planned launch of service to two new island destinations, JetBlue will serve the Caribbean region this winter with an average of 200 daily flights.

In addition to its own network growth, JetBlue also announces the signing of two new interline agreements in the Caribbean, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and a growth of its existing partnership with Cape Air. This expands the single-ticket options for JetBlue customers into a number of additional Caribbean destinations.

Two new cities and five new routes planned

JetBlue has announced five new Caribbean routes that will launch in the coming months, including service to two new destinations: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (a). New routes include:

  • Chicago (ORD) - San Juan, Puerto Rico (starts Nov. 20)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood - Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts May 1) (a)
  • New York (JFK) - Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • New York (JFK) - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts Feb. 24) (a)

Five destinations to see added capacity with larger aircraft

JetBlue plans to meet peak winter demand this winter by deploying its brand new Airbus A321 aircraft to a variety of Caribbean destinations. The A321 is outfitted with 190 seats, featuring the most legroom in coach (b), and boosting the number of seats per departure by 40 compared to JetBlue's current 150-seat A320 aircraft. The following destinations will see select flights to/from New York (JFK) operated by the larger A321:

  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Additionally, JetBlue will offer even more frequencies between New York (JFK) and Barbados during peak holiday times, including President's Day and Easter.

JetBlue's A321s will be operating fresh from the factory and will not yet have in-flight television, radio or movies.

More destinations with new and expanded interline partnerships

JetBlue has added two new interline agreements, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and expanded its existing partnership with Cape Air, bringing a number of new Caribbean destinations within reach for JetBlue customers.

LIAT now offers JetBlue customers connections to several new destinations including Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, when transferring at Barbados and St. Maarten. Founded in 1956, LIAT is one of the largest and most experienced carriers in the Caribbean region. Tickets are now available for sale through travel agencies.

Seaborne Airlines also opens up several new destinations for JetBlue customers, including St. Kitts, Dominica, and Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, all via San Juan, as well as connections to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a daily basis. In addition, Seaborne will offer more flight options for customers connecting at San Juan to/from both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Seaborne's regional network includes 11 destinations from San Juan and a total of 625 weekly departures. JetBlue-Seaborne itineraries are now available for sale through travel agencies.

JetBlue's longstanding partnership with Cape Air also expands this winter, with new destinations available via San Juan: Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. With service to these two unspoiled island destinations, which is expected to kick off in early 2014, Cape Air will serve a total of nine destinations from San Juan including options like Anguilla and Nevis. Tickets for travel to all Cape Air destinations in the Caribbean are available for sale at www.jetblue.com.

"It's shaping up to be a great winter in the Caribbean region, with more JetBlue flights and more choices for travelers than ever before," said Scott Laurence, JetBlue's vice president of network planning. "Destination after destination, the Caribbean continues to embrace JetBlue's unique brand of service. We're excited to offer flights to 25 great getaways this winter plus even more destinations through our partnerships with Cape Air, LIAT, and Seaborne Airlines."

About JetBlue in the Caribbean and Latin America

JetBlue is a leading airline in the Caribbean, soon offering nonstop service to 25 destinations across the region including Aguadilla; Aruba; Barbados; Bermuda; Cancún; Cartagena; Grand Cayman; Kingston; La Romana; Montego Bay; Nassau; Ponce; Port-au-Prince (a); Port of Spain (a); Providenciales; Puerto Plata; Punta Cana; Saint Lucia (Hewanorra); Samaná; San Juan; Santiago; Santo Domingo; St. Croix; St. Maarten; and St. Thomas. This winter JetBlue will operate an average of 200 flights to, from, and within the region.

The carrier operates one of its six focus cities at San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, where it offers more flights to more destinations than any other carrier. In fact, this winter JetBlue will connect San Juan to 17 cities across the United States and Caribbean with an average of 40 daily departures. JetBlue is also a leading carrier in the Dominican Republic, serving more airports and offering more flights and more seats than any other U.S. carrier.

(a) Subject to receipt of government approval.

(b) Based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines.

About JetBlue Airways
As New York's Hometown Airline™ and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Orlando and San Juan, JetBlue carries 30 million customers a year to 80 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with an average of 750 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. JetBlue's fleet totals 191 aircraft, comprising 130 Airbus A320s, 1 A321 and 60 Embraer 190s. Upcoming destinations include Detroit, Mich. and Savannah, Ga.; as well as Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

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