JetBlue is launching weekly service from Boston to Havana on Nov. 10 for a special introductory price of $129 one-way.
The Saturday route will be the only non-stop service between New England and Cuba. In its application to the Department of Transportation, JetBlue had emphasized Boston's 120 institutions of higher education and its healthcare and biotechnology industries as potential beneficiaries of a Boston-Cuba connection.
The special fares from Boston must be purchased by Friday and are good for Saturday flights between Nov. 10 and Feb. 9, 2019, with blackout dates around the Christmas holidays.
JetBlue also is adding a Sunday through Friday afternoon flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Havana's José Martí International Airport and a new evening flight from Havana on Nov. 4, giving it up to three daily departures from Fort Lauderdale to Havana.
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The airline already also offers daily service from Fort Lauderdale to three other Cuban cities — Santa Clara, Holguín, and Camagüey — as well as non-stop service from New York and Orlando to Cuba. The addition of the Boston route means JetBlue will offer service to Havana from four American cities — more than any other U.S. airline.
"JetBlue will operate more than 50 weekly flights between the U.S. and Cuba from every one of our East Coast focus cities," said John Checketts, the airline's vice president of network planning.
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