JetBlue to Launch One-Way Flights to Cuba Starting at $99
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JetBlue announced Thursday that it will begin operating flights to Cuba on Aug. 31, 2016.
While the New York-based low-cost carrier's Cuba service will kick off with one route, it plans to offer daily flights to three different Cuban airports by mid-November.
When the service launches at the end of next month, JetBlue will initially operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara in Central Cuba.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, JetBlue will operate daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara.
On Nov. 3, 2016, the carrier will launch daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Camaguey, Cuba's Ignacio Agramonte Airport. One week later on Nov. 10, JetBlue will begin operating daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Frank Pais Airport in Holguin, Cuba.
Travelers who meet government requirements can begin purchasing their tickets Thursday.
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JetBlue's fares to Cuba will start at $99 one-way and include the carrier's traditional amenities, including complimentary seatback entertainment and free wireless Internet.
In an effort to simplify travel to the Caribbean island and reduce potential worry, JetBlue is including Cuban government-required health insurance coverage for all travelers on its Cuba-bound flights.
Adding to the convenience, the airline has made it so customers can complete the U.S. Department of Treasury-required affidavit during the booking process. Under current U.S. regulations, Americans traveling to Cuba must complete an affidavit that affirms they are going for any one of 12 approved reasons.
What's more, JetBlue will make Cuban Tourist Visas available for purchase upon check-in at the airport.
"It’s a new day for Cuba travelers and one we have thoughtfully prepared for," said Marty St. George, the airline's executive vice president commercial and planning, in a statement.
"We are proud to usher in a new era of Cuba travel with affordable fares and great service."
Looking ahead, JetBlue also revealed Thursday that it was tentatively awarded flights between Havana and three U.S. cities and plans to announce a start date and fares for flights to Havana later this year.
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