JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced it is again growing in South Florida and in the Caribbean with the start of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Grand Cayman (GCM). JetBlue first announced its intent to fly this route in January. Service will operate once daily beginning October 25, 2018. JetBlue is celebrating the news with an introductory fare starting at just $59 one-way (a).
“As the #1 carrier in Ft. Lauderdale, and building on the momentum of our success in both South Florida and Grand Cayman, we are excited to offer more choice and more destinations to customers with the addition of this new service,” said John Checketts, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “And with even more connecting choices from across our network, Grand Cayman has never been so close.”
Set in the western Caribbean just an hour flight from South Florida, the Cayman Islands are known for their white sand beaches, world-famous scuba diving, delicious cuisine and rich culture. 2017 marked a record-breaking year for the trio of islands as it attracted more than two million annual visitors. JetBlue is also boosting service to the islands as the number of visitors arriving by air is also on the rise. New Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service will complement JetBlue’s existing service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonal service from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).
The new service also advances JetBlue’s position as the top airline at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, where the airline plans to operate 140 daily flights in the coming years. Additionally, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service to Grand Cayman will open up a variety of new connecting opportunities between Grand Cayman and U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and multiple west coast markets.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of JetBlue’s fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. The airline also recently expanded its operation to two new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth.
JetBlue intends to serve the route with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft offering the airline's award-winning service and the most legroom in coach (b), as well as complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks and free first-run Hollywood movies.