Nearshore Americas

JetBlue Takes on LatAm: New Daily Flights to San José

By Narayan Ammachchi

U.S. low-cost airliner JetBlue introduced daily nonstop flights between the Hollywood International Airport and San Jose, Costa Rica.

“Adding San Jose capitalizes on our success in South Florida with continued growth to a key Central America destination,” said Scott Laurence, vice president of network planning for JetBlue Airways.

JetBlue has been serving Costa Rican routes for over four years now and, according to the Central American country’s tourism minister Allan Flores, the airliner is seeing a steady growth in the number of passengers.

The new route, between Fort Lauderdale and Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, benefits travelers in Florida, the minister added.

Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue‘s route network. The airline currently serves two cities via three routes in the country.

JetBlue started service between Orlando and San Jose in 2009, and also offers nonstop service to Liberia from New York’s JFK Airport.

JetBlue serves 27 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, including: Aruba; The Bahamas(Nassau); Barbados; Bermuda; Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman); Colombia (Bogota, Medellinand Cartagena); Costa Rica (Liberia and San Jose); Dominican Republic (La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago and Santo Domingo); Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay); Mexico (Cancun); Puerto Rico (Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan); St. Croix; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and, Turks and Caicos (Providenciales).

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In May 2013, JetBlue announced it would be adding service from Fort Lauderdale to Medellin, Colombia. In April, the carrier had already introduced flights from US cities to the Peruvian capital Lima.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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