|by The Budget Travel Editors||Beaches, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Romance, Cuba, Havana, Airfares & Flying||0|
We're still pinching ourselves that travel to Cuba is getting easier and easier, and many of us have rewritten our bucket list with a dream trip to Havana, with its vibrant music scene, great cuisine, and iconic Spanish Colonial architecture and vintage cars, near the top. In fact, Cuba is no. 3 on Budget Travel’s Where to Go in 2016 list.
So we were pleased to learn that JetBlue, partnering with Cuba Travel Services, is now offering two charter flights connecting New York and Havana with nonstop service each week. The second weekly flight, departing each Tuesday, was added in response to the U.S. government further easing restrictions so that approved travelers can now travel to Cuba with close relatives.
Travelers can now choose between Tuesday flights and Friday flights from JFK to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), bringing the once-off-limits Caribbean island even closer to many more Americans. We’ve been reporting for months about what the future of travel to Cuba may look like, including expanded people-to-people tours and even ferry service from the Florida Keys, but JetBlue is actually serving Americans who want to be among the first to get there.
When you’re ready to fly to Cuba from JFK (after meeting the current U.S. guidelines and getting approval), you can book your flight at CubaTravelServices.com (Cuba Travel Services selected JetBlue to operate its charter flights). JetBlue also partners with charter airlines out of Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, operating on 150-seat Airbus A320s, offering free Wi-Fi, inflight entertainment, free snacks and soft drinks, and the comfy legroom JetBlue passengers have come to expect.
"More people are exploring the possibility of travel to Cuba with government restrictions easing this year, and we are happy to accommodate that growing demand," said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue. "We thank Cuba Travel Services for trusting us to serve Cuba-bound customers with the JetBlue's award-winning experience on their way to Havana."
"Cuba Travel Services is excited for all the positive changes allowing more Americans to visit Cuba. We are offering more flexibility to our travelers and introducing our new online booking engine at CubaTravelServices.com, which will allow passengers to reserve and purchase their tickets in real time," said Michael Zuccato, General Manager at Cuba Travel Services. "Our partnership with JetBlue will facilitate the high quality travel experience our clients have grown accustomed to."