JetBLue announced today it will begin direct flights from New York to Cuba beginning July 3.
It is the first major airline to offer such service from New York since the travel ban to the island nation was lifted.
The expanded charter service follows Governor Andrew Cuomo’s trade mission to Cuba last month.
“Our Global NY initiative and our trade mission to Cuba is all about opening the door to new economic opportunities, and JetBlue’s exciting announcement today is proof that our approach is delivering results for New York businesses,” Cuomo said in a release.
Cuba Travel Services is offering the flight, operated by JetBlue, on Fridays from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Travelers should make arrangements directly with Cuba Travel Services (www.cubatravelservices.com).
JetBlue will serve the flights to Cuba on a 150-seat Airbus A320.
With the addition to the New York-Havana flight, JetBlue will have five weekly round trips to Cuba, including flights from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale with various charter partners. JetBlue began flying to Cuba for charter companies in 2011.