JetBlue has announced new daily flights between the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil and Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Airport, starting from the first quarter of 2019.
Guayaquil will be the carrier’s second city in Ecuador, with Quito launched in 2016. The popular carrier is already offering daily services to five other South American cities.
To free up aircraft for the introduction of the new routes, JetBlue is reducing certain under-performing routes, including Washington Dulles, Daytona Beach, and St. Croix.
“We’re excited to share that this reallocation of service will result in a new JetBlue city in Ecuador, new routes between current JetBlue cities, and more flights on two dozen of our most popular routes,” the New York City-based company stated in a press release.
Home to some two million people, Guayaquil is considered a gateway to Pacific beaches and the famous Galapagos Islands.
Ecuador’s largest city and main port, Guayaquil boasts revitalized squares, parks and various urban-renewal projects, and also has a growing theater, film, and arts scene, according to JetBlue. The riverfront promenade and modern shopping arcades all over the city attract tourism from inside and outside the country.
Spirit Airlines and Ecuador’s Tame are the other major carriers offering direct flights to the South American country from Fort Lauderdale.