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A JetBlue Airways Corp aircraft sits at a gate in Terminal 5 at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, USA, on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

JetBlue announces new flights to the C’bean

A JetBlue Airways Corp aircraft sits at a gate in Terminal 5 at John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, USA, on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Several Caribbean destinations are part of a list of planned new flights that JetBlue Airways will launch later this year, as it “anticipates increasing demand for leisure travel”.

In a press release, the airline announced that “it will launch 24 new routes later this year aimed at immediately generating cash and capturing traffic on a variety of new, non-stop routes”.

New flights, new routes

As a result, beginning Thursday, November 19, 2020, the airline will launch daily flights from its Newark, New Jersey hub to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Lynden Pindling International Airport  Nassau, The Bahamas; Turks and Caicos Providenciales International Airport; and Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic.

On that same day, JetBlue will launch twice-daily flights from Newark to Dutch-speaking territories of Aruba and St Maarten as part of its expanded and exclusive Mint service. features in the Mint experience include fully lie-flat seats and suites with doors for extra privacy.

Tourist watch as this JetBlue aeroplane prepares to land at Princess Juliana International Airport, near Maho Beach, in St Maarten. (File photo)

What’s more, the airline will commission two new routes, operated daily, from the Raleigh–Durham International Airport in North Carolina. The first is to Jamaica-based Sangster International Airport and the other, San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico.

Recovery plan

“This is the latest example of JetBlue’s ability to be nimble and play offense as we quickly adjust to new customer behaviors and booking patterns,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue.

“This latest series of new routes — even in the current environment —advances our revised network strategy, returns more aircraft to the skies and doubles down on our ability to generate more cash sooner,” he added.

JetBlue further disclosed that the launch of the new flights and routes form part of a series of strategic moves to accelerate its recovery and generate cash in the current travel environment. As such, the airline said it will reactivate some temporarily parked aircraft to support the new routes.

On November 19, 2020, JetBlue will launch its new route from Raleigh–Durham International Airport in North Carolina to San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (seen in the photo) in Puerto Rico. (File photo)

Notwithstanding, the airline assured passengers that it will maintain best-in-class service, including legroom in coach; free Fly-Fi broadband internet; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat.

And given the current climate in global travel, JetBlue will, up to February 28, 2021, waive all fees for booking changes and cancellations