JetBlue Airways intends to serve Medellin in Colombia daily from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from June 2013.
Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue’s route network, according to the airline.
Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city and a major commercial and cultural center, will be JetBlue’s 79th destination and its third destination in the South American country.
JetBlue also offers non-stop service between Bogota and both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as non-stop service between Cartagena and New York JFK.
“JetBlue’s addition of non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale and Bogota earlier this year has performed so well that we’re adding a second option for the Colombian community in South Florida,” says John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue Airways.
“We are thrilled to add our third Colombian city, Medellin. It is an amazing city, filled with tree-lined avenues and a interesting culture, and home to some of Colombia’s most important businesses,” adds Checketts.
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale and Medellin will see its daily flight departing Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) at 4:45 p.m. and reaching Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (MDE) at 7:05 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, JetBlue Airways’ daily flight will leave MDE at 7:05 a.m. and arrive at FLL at 11:30 a.m. local time.
JetBlue will operate its flights to and from Medellin with Airbus A320 jets.
In addition to JetBlue’s non-stop service to South Florida, Medellin customers will be able to connect onwards from Fort Lauderdale to other JetBlue destinations in the United States and the Caribbean, including Austin, Texas; Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; New York JFK and New York LaGuardia; Newark; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington D.C.
With Medellin as a new addition, JetBlue will serve 27 Latin American and Caribbean destinations in 2013.
These destinations will include Aruba; Nassau in The Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda; Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands; Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena in Colombia; Liberia and San Jose in Costa Rica; La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic; Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica; Cancun in Mexico; Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan in Puerto Rico; St. Croix; St. Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.