JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) will operate service between Port-au-Prince´s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) later this year, pending government approval, the airline said.
JetBlue intends to launch this route, which currently does not have nonstop service, in December. Seats are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.
Orlando will become JetBlue´s fourth focus city with service to Port-au-Prince. JetBlue currently offers nonstop flights to the Haitian destination from New York´s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). JetBlue operates nearly a third of its capacity in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Port-au-Prince is set on a natural harbor on the Gulf of GonÃ¢ve, making it one of the country´s premiere destinations. The city´s layout is divided with the commercial areas near the water and the residential areas in the hills. JetBlue was also a large supporter of rebuilding efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, partnering with agencies such as the American Red Cross to help with aiding efforts.
Toussaint Louverture International Airport is the busiest in Haiti and recently underwent renovations, which increased the terminal´s capacity to about 800,000 passengers per year. The Haitian government spent over 6 million dollars in the restoration of the airport.
JetBlue intends to serve the route with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft offering the airline´s award-winning service and the most legroom in coach (b), as well as complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks and free first-run Hollywood movies.
JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.