JetBlue begins Montego Bay service

JetBlue Airways has begun daily nonstop service to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay (Mo-Bay), Jamaica, the island’s second largest city, from its home base at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Convenient connections to Jamaica are also available from other Northeast cities via JFK, including Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; Portland, Maine; and Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. Earlier today, the value carrier also announced its intent to serve Kingston, Jamaica this fall with nonstop service from New York/JFK, pending government operating authority.
“Direct, affordable flights to Caribbean destinations like the beautiful, fair weather island of Jamaica continue to be the most popular new cities requested by our customers,” said JetBlue’s Senior Vice President of Customer Services, Rob Maruster. “We are proud to offer Jamaicans fares up to 20 percent lower than industry prices before our entry into Montego Bay. Getting there is half the fun on JetBlue, with leggy leather seats, free snacks and drinks, complimentary first-run movies and award-winning customer service crewmembers.”

“MBJ Airports Limited is very pleased to see this new addition to the overall air service at Sangster International Airport and we are confident that JetBlue will be successful in this new market,” said Fernando Bosque, CEO of MBJ Airports Limited. “We warmly welcome JetBlue customers and crew to the best airport in the Caribbean, with our recently completed $183 million upgrade and expansion. JetBlue provides another choice for New Yorkers and customers throughout the JetBlue network to visit Jamaica and enjoy one of the most diverse and beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.”

“We are pleased to welcome JetBlue Airways as a new destination partner and excited at the prospects for visitors to Jamaica who will now have an additional carrier from which to choose. This new service will be a great option for leisure travelers and reinforces the strong demand for our product,” said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. “The new service to Jamaica, which comes a time when many airlines are consolidating and reducing service to the region, shows the continuing popularity of the destination.”

“In a follow up to the November 2008 signing of the bi-lateral Open Skies Treaty between Jamaica and the United States we welcome the introduction of new flights from JetBlue Airways to the island. JetBlue Airways’ arrival is a tremendous opportunity to expand the business/tourism links between the United States and Jamaica,” said James T. Heg, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Kingston.