JetBlue expands service to the Caribbean

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NEW YORK, USA — JetBlue has announced it is adding new service between South Florida and two top Caribbean markets: Santiago, Dominican Republic’s Cibao International Airport (STI) and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM).

“These new routes continue to solidify JetBlue’s leadership position in South Florida and in the Caribbean where we’ve built a robust and successful network over the years,” said John Checketts, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “With expanded Caribbean service in Fort Lauderdale we are laying the groundwork for even more growth in already popular destinations.”

Flights between Fort Lauderdale and Santiago, DR, will operate once daily roundtrip beginning June 14, 2018, subject to government approval.

The route boosts JetBlue service in the Dominican Republic, where it operates more daily flights than any other carrier. The airline, which first started flying to the Dominican Republic in 2004 with service to Santiago, now serves five airports in the country – La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo. The latest new route will link Santiago with a fifth US city nonstop and offer customers even more connecting opportunities throughout the growing JetBlue network.

JetBlue will operate the new Santiago flights using its 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Additionally, JetBlue intends to operate new nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) once daily beginning in October 2018, subject to government approval. The new flights boost the airline’s presence in the island destination with a new link to South Florida. JetBlue already flies between Grand Cayman and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonally to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Santiago and Grand Cayman become the 58th and 59th nonstop destination offered from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and will open up a variety of new connecting opportunities between the Caribbean destinations and US cities such as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlanta and multiple west coast markets.

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