JetBlue Airways is set to launch a significant expansion to the Caribbean this summer, Caribbean Journal has learned.
In July, JetBlue will launch new routes to destinations including Antigua, Puerto Rico, Cartagena, Haiti, Puerto Plata, Saint Lucia and St Thomas, all out of Newark Liberty International Airport.
That includes up to 3 flights per week to Antigua and Saint Lucia; up to 4 flights each week to Cartagena, Port-au-Prince; and St Thomas, US Virgin Islands; up to five flights per week to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and daily flights to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Aguadilla in Puerto Rico.
The move comes after JetBlue launched the first phase of its new alliance with American Airlines, one that includes a codeshare agreement.
“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crewmembers working again.”
All of the new Caribbean flights will launch on July 1, 2021.
The new routes will go on sale on Feb. 23, according to JetBlue.
It’s a major sign of confidence in the future of travel to the Caribbean region, particularly for the second and third quarters of 2021.