JetBlue Airways, New York’s low-fare airline, today requested authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide international nonstop service to The Bahamas. Pending approval from both governments, the proposed service from John F. Kennedy International Airport would operate with daily service to Nassau planned to begin November 1, 2004.
The Bahamas service would continue the carrier’s expansion in the Caribbean following the start of service to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. The carrier added a new flight to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in May this year, and launched Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic as JetBlue’s first international destinations in June.
“With the success of our Caribbean flights, we’re excited to expand our service to The Bahamas,” said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways. “Should the Department of Transportation grant JetBlue’s request to provide this service, New Yorkers and Bahamians will be able to experience new planes, a 34-inch seat pitch for most seats, and award-winning friendly service when flying to and from The Bahamas.”