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JetBlue to launch flights to Cuba starting August 2016

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Tis Meyer / PlanePics.org

JetBlue has announced it will launch flights to Cuba on August 31, 2016.

The airline said it is aimed at removing the high costs and complexity of travel to Cuba so that customers can instead get the most of their time visiting loved ones, arranging a unique cultural experience, taking care of business opportunities, or organizing their educational or not-for-profit organization group trip.

“It’s a new day for Cuba travelers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president commercial and planning, JetBlue. “We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuba travel with affordable fares and great service.”

JetBlue will initially operate flights on three routes between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and:

– Santa Clara– Abel Santamaría Airport (SNU)

– Camagüey – Ignacio Agramonte Airport (CMW)

– Holguín – Frank País Airport (HOG)

“We are honored to partner with JetBlue as they launch this historic inaugural service to Cuba for Broward County residents and the South  Florida Community,” said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). “We are very pleased to be offering the region’s first regularly scheduled commercial flights to the island nation in more than half a century, and providing our passengers with a wonderful and economical air service option between JetBlue’s gateway at FLL and Cuba.”

JetBlue will also offer flights between Havana and three U.S. cities – for a total of up to seven daily roundtrips between the countries – and will announce a start date and fares for Havana later this year.

When service to Cuba begins JetBlue will operate in 22 countries and the new routes will further grow JetBlue’s presence in the Caribbean and at  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood where the airline is the largest carrier, flying to more than 50 nonstop destinations by the end of the year. Customers across the JetBlue network may also take advantage of JetBlue’s convenient connections to and from Cuba through its South  Florida focus city.

Flights between the U.S. and Santa Clara, Camagüey and Holguín will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

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