JetBlue has completed its first non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Aruba´s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), Aruba Tourism Authority said.
To celebrate this inaugural flight, Aruba and JetBlue treated passengers aboard flight 1411 to a festive day of gifts and appreciative gestures.
Following take-off, JetBlue flight attendants helped kick off the party by playing inflight Bingo with all passengers, raffling off special prizes. The travelers received an illustrious welcome upon landing with a lively greeting outside the gangway by Carnival dancers and Steel band performers.
The celebration continued outside the terminal during a reception attended by gracious local Arubans — during which the Aruba Tourism Authority addressed guests and welcomed the inaugural flight to the island.
JetBlue currently serves Aruba from its New York-JFK and Boston focus cities with daily flights. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service provides a third nonstop Aruba gateway and allows for convenient connections from across the growing JetBlue network.
Nestled in the Southern Caribbean on the fringes of the hurricane belt, Aruba is a two-and-a-half hour flight from Miami, a four-hour flight from New York City, and boasts year-round cooling trade winds and an average 82-degree temperature.
JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 100 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights.