JetBlue today announced its intent to operate service between Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport and Orlando International Airport later this year.
The airline intends to launch this route, which currently does not have nonstop service, in December pending government approval.
Orlando will become JetBlue’s fourth focus city with service to Port-au-Prince. JetBlue currently offers nonstop flights to the Haitian destination from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. JetBlue operates nearly a third of its capacity in the Caribbean and Latin America.
John Checketts, Vice President Network Planning, said:
“Service between Orlando and Port-au-Prince will provide a valuable link between Haiti’s capital city and many communities in central Florida that currently lack nonstop flights from their closest major airport. Now, with flights from four of our focus cities, JetBlue will connect more U.S. cities with Port-au-Prince than any other airline.”
Haiti’s Minister of Tourism Jessy Menos said:
“I am pleased to congratulate JetBlue on this new air route, which it is inaugurating, linking the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, with the city of Orlando.
“This new destination will have the merit of better serving Haitians and Americans wanting to visit both states. Thus, new opportunities are opening to the tourism sector and operators, to tourists, this, through the diversification of North American destinations. So, we say JetBlue, congratulations.”
Toussaint Louverture International Airport is the busiest in Haiti and recently underwent renovations, which increased the terminal’s capacity to about 800,000 passengers per year. The Haitian government spent over 6 million dollars in the restoration of the airport.
JetBlue intends to serve the route with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft.