JetBlue to Launch Ser­vice to Cu­raçao

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

JetBlue’s Caribbean push shows no signs of slow­ing down. The New York Ci­ty­based car­rier an­nounced last Wed­nes­day that it would be launch­ing ser­vice to another new Caribbean des­ti­na­tion. The ser­vice from New York to Cu­raçao started on De­cem­ber 2.

The ser­vice will be the only non­stop ser­vice from New York to the Dutch Caribbean is­land.

The twice-weekly ser­vice will op­er­ate on Tues­days and Satur­days.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to be able to of­fer cus­tomers the only non­stop route from New York to Cu­raçao and more non­stop flights to the Caribbean than any other air­line,” said Robin Hayes, pres­i­dent of JetBlue, in a re­lease. “This well pre­served is­land is our 31st Caribbean des­ti­na­tion, and is a fa­vorite among div­ing en­thu­si­asts for its healthy co­ral reefs, and is con­sid­ered one of the nicest Caribbean es­capes for dis­cern­ing trav­el­ers thanks to its pris­tine beaches and clear wa­ter. Th­ese nat­u­ral attractions make the is­land a nat­u­ral choice for JetBlue.”

The ser­vice rep­re­sents a boon for the is­land which had seen ar­rival num­bers from the United States dip in re­cent years.

“We have been work­ing closely with the team at JetBlue to bring this flight to the is­land and are thrilled it has come to fruition and we’re able to an­nounce it to­day,” said Stan­ley Palm, Cu­ra­cao’s Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. “Cu­raçao con­tin­ues to thrive as one of the Caribbean’s most di­verse and cul­tur­ally-rich is­lands and we look for­ward to now be­ing able to share it with more vis­i­tors. New York is a top mar­ket for the is­land and we are con­fi­dent that the new non­stop ser­vice on JetBlue will meet the de­mand we’ve seen from the north­east and in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers alike.”

JetBlue will be op­er­at­ing the ser­vice on a 150-seat Air­bus A320, the car­rier said.

(CJ Photo)

Willem­stad, Cu­ra­cao

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