JetBlue Airways has applied for authority from the Government of Jamaica to begin operating two new routes linking Montego Bay to its expanding focus cities in Boston and Orlando.
Subject to receipt of government operating authority, the airline ― which already serves Montego Bay from its primary hub at New York JFK and is planning to increase its service frequency on the route ― intends to launch service on both routes this winter, bolstering an already robust Caribbean schedule that includes up to 71 daily flights to the region. JetBlue also intends to begin flights between New York and Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, on October 30.
“We are very pleased at JetBlue’s decision to expand its service to Montego Bay, and to begin service to Kingston,” says the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. “This is a significant addition to our airlift capacity, and will certainly add muscle to our marketing efforts in North America.”
JetBlue plans to begin daily nonstop service from Orlando International Airport to Montego Bay on February 8, 2010, assuming it receives government operating authority. Montego Bay will be the 23rd nonstop destination served by JetBlue from Orlando, where the airline offers flights to eight other destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America: Bogota, Colombia; Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Aguadilla, Ponce, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The airline plans to launch Saturday-only nonstop service from Boston Logan International Airport to Montego Bay on January 9, 2010, subject to receipt of government operating authority. Montego Bay will be JetBlue’s 33rd destination at Logan, where the airline says it already offers flights to more nonstop destinations than any other carrier, including service to Caribbean destinations such as Aruba; Bermuda; Cancun, Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and St. Maarten. JetBlue’s expansion in Boston continues on September 9 with the launch of daily nonstop service to Baltimore/Washington International.
JetBlue also plans to increase service on its existing route between Montego Bay and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport over the winter holidays, offering up to 11 weekly flights.