JetBlue Airways will launch twice-daily nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale from Jamaica’s capital Kingston on April 30, 2012, subject to receipt of government approval.
To mark the new service, JetBlue Airways is offering introductory one-way fares from $59 on the route (plus government fees) for customers traveling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between April 30 and June 13, 2012.
The sale fares can be purchased through December 1, 2011 at www.jetblue.com/new. A $15 fee applies to fares (not Award flights) purchased by phone or at a JetBlue ticket office.
“We talk about the importance of the Caribbean to JetBlue – we look at markets like Jamaica where we’ve seen a phenomenal response to our brand – and we just can’t wait to add more service,” said Robin Hayes at a special event in Kingston to announce the new route.
“We see this as just another step in a journey that’s going to take us to a sizeable presence in Jamaica,” added Hayes. “We really appreciate the great partnership that we get from the tourism and airport officials, who have been with us for the long run.”
“NMIA [Norman Manley International Airport] is pleased with JetBlue’s decision to fly the KIN-FLL route, thereby providing increased airlift and destination options,” said Earl Anthony Richards, CEO of NMIA Airports Limited, the operator of NMIA, Kingston’s airport. “The Fort Lauderdale connection is not only indicative of the potential for further development of this important gateway but no doubt also reflects the success of the Kingston-to-JFK route which was inaugurated two years ago.
Richards added: “The timing is impeccable, as during 2012 NMIA expects to receive greater numbers of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) passengers to participate in ‘JAMAICA 50’ Homecoming.”
“The Broward County Aviation Department welcomes JetBlue’s new service to our fourth-largest international market, Jamaica,” said Mike Nonnemacher, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s acting director of aviation. “JetBlue and its twice-daily service to this magnificent island are a perfect match for the airport and the demand to and from Kingston by our community.”
JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale and Kingston will see its first daily flight leave Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (IATA code FLL) at 7:00 a.m. and arrive at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) at 7:45 a.m. local time. The second daily flight is scheduled to depart FLL at 4:50 p.m. and touch down at KIN at 5:35 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, JetBlue Airways’ first daily flight will push back from the gate at KIN at 8:40 a.m. in order to reach FLL at 11:30 a.m. local time. The airline’s second daily flight will begin taxiing at KIN at 6:30 p.m. and will land at FLL at 9:20 p.m. local time.
“Airlift is the life blood of the tourist industry for island destinations like Jamaica,” said John Lynch, chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board. “We welcome the introduction of yet another JetBlue route to the destination. The Kingston-Fort Lauderdale route is extremely popular, but more important, it provides easy connections to several North American cities. The twice-daily service is also well positioned, especially for business people, as the impact on the work day is minimal.”
From Fort Lauderdale, Jamaicans will also find quick connections on JetBlue Airways to Austin, Texas; the New York metropolitan area (La Guardia, Newark or Westchester County airports); and Richmond, Virginia. The new service will complement JetBlue’s existing daily service from Kingston to New York JFK. JetBlue also flies direct from Montego Bay to JFK, Boston and Orlando.
JetBlue Airways will operate its Kingston-Fort Lauderdale services with 100-seat Embraer 190s and 150-seat Airbus A320s.