From November 14, 2012, JetBlue Airways – which says it operates more flights in and out of the Dominican Republic than any other carrier...

JetBlue Airways plans to add a sixth destination in the Dominican Republic and a 73rd destination in its overall route network by launching service to Samaná in November, subject to receipt of government approval.

From November 14, 2012, JetBlue Airways – which says it operates more flights in and out of the Dominican Republic than any other carrier – will launch twice-weekly round-trips between New York JFK and Samaná El Catey International Airport (IATA code AZS), on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


This will be the only service between the United States and this emerging tourist destination, according to JetBlue. WestJet serves Samaná from Canada.

On February 8, 2011, JetBlue Airways unveiled an Airbus A320 with a special livery featuring JetBlue's co-branded trademark with New York State's 'I Love New York' tourism campaign and logo. This computer graphic image shows how the aircraft looks. The co-branded logo appears differently on each side of the tailfin

Flights are on sale now from $169 one way from New York JFK to Samaná through July 13 at www.jetblue.com/new, for travel between November 14 and February 9, 2013. Blackout dates apply.

Samaná is one of the best kept secrets in the Dominican Republic, and one that offers great potential,” says said John Checketts, director of network planning for JetBlue. “With its tropical forest and beach combination, we believe this undiscovered paradise will be a pleasant surprise for many of our customers.”

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between New York JFK and AZS calls for its flight to depart JFK at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive at AZS at 1:05 p.m. local time. In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight will leave AZS at 2:00 p.m. and land at JFK at 4:50 p.m.

JetBlue will operate the route with Airbus A320 jets.

In the Dominican Republic, JetBlue also serves La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo with service to Boston, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, New York JFK, Orlando and San Juan.

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