JetBlue Airways has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation its intent to serve Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport three times weekly from New York JFK, with the aim of launching service on November 5, subject to receipt of government operating authority.
Additionally, JetBlue Airways plans to launch seasonal weekly service from Boston Logan International Airport (IATA code BOS) to Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) on November 7, subject to receiving government operating authority.
“We offer customers more flights to the Caribbean than any other airline, and the beautiful destination of Antigua will be a great addition to our network for those wanting to discover something new,” says Dave Clark, vice president, network planning for JetBlue Airways.
“Barbados has proven to be a favorite for our New York customers, and we’re happy to provide Bostonians the chance to experience the beauty and culture of Barbados,” adds Clark.
Antigua is one of the largest Caribbean markets not currently served by JetBlue Airways and would grow the airline’s JFK leisure route portfolio.
Subject to receipt of government operating authority, JetBlue will make its flights between New York and Antigua available for purchase in May, when the airline’s winter-season schedule becomes accessible for booking.
JetBlue’s Boston-Barbados flight will be the fifth new seasonal service to the Caribbean and Latin America the carrier launches from Boston within a 12-month period.
Tickets for JetBlue’s seasonal Boston-Barbados flight are now available for sale. The airline is offering an introductory one-way fare of $149 between Boston and Barbados between November 7 and December 12, 2015.
Introductory-fare tickets must be purchased by May 5 (by the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local time) and the $149 introductory fare fare is valid only for Boston-originating (southbound) traffic.
The new route will add to JetBlue’s new services from Boston to Liberia in Costa Rica (LIR); Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic (POP), which begins on June 17; Saint Lucia (UVF); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP).
JetBlue also recently announced it would offer its Mint premium-cabin experience on flights between JFK and Barbados this winter. The airline will operate Saturday service on the route between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily service between December 19 and January 4.
The weekly Boston-Barbados flight will complement JetBlue’s existing daily service to Barbados from New York JFK, which the airline launched in 2009.
JetBlue’s schedule for its Boston-Barbados seasonal service calls for its flight to leave BOS at 7:45 a.m. each Saturday from November 7 and arrive at BGI at 1:39 p.m. local time.
The return flight is timed to depart BGI at 2:35 p.m. each Saturday from November 7 and touch down at BOS at 6:59 p.m. local time.
JetBlue will operate its new New York JFK-Antigua and Boston-Barbados flights with 150-seat Airbus A320s. However, by the time the new services start, JetBlue may have begun its planned program of adding 15 more seats to each A320 in its fleet.
In 2014 JetBlue carried more than 32 million customers on a network which encompassed 88 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America, the carrier operating an average of 825 flights a day.
Upcoming new JetBlue destinations include Reno-Tahoe in Nevada on May 28; Grenada on June 11; and New York state captial Albany on December 10.