JetBlue to launch service to Port-au-Prince

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JetBlue Airways is expanding its Caribbean presence, announcing it will begin nonstop flights to Port-au-Prince in Haiti from New York and Fort Lauderdale.

The carrier expects to begin one daily nonstop flight from John F. Kennedy International airport and two daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport in South Florida on 5 December, subject to government approval, JetBlue says.

"JetBlue continues to grow in the Caribbean thanks to the great reception our low fares and award-winning service have had in the region," says Scott Laurence, vice president of network planning, in a statement. "With expansion into Port-au-Prince, we plan to meet the demand for quality service to Haiti by offering competitive fares to the large Haitian diaspora in the United States."

The announcement follows the 25 March announcement that JetBlue plans to begin flights between Fort Lauderdale and Lima, Peru later this year, part of the carrier's goal of expanding service to the Caribbean and Latin America from Fort Lauderdale.