LONDON – This week, US low-cost carrier JetBlue announced the addition of nonstop, once-daily seasonal flights from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Bermuda (BDA).
After a tight fourth quarter close-out to the current year, the new route services planned for next year should hopefully assist to pave the way for a stronger bottom line in 2023.
All new JetBlue routes will go on sale in January 2023. Additionally, United Airlines’ service from Newark to Bermuda will start in March 2023, six weeks earlier than anticipated.
“We’re thrilled to resume United Airlines service and welcome JetBlue’s expanded service to Bermuda in 2023,” said Erin Smith, Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Chief Operations Officer.
“It’s a signal that as our sales and marketing efforts continue to make headway, tourism in Bermuda continues to move in the right direction — and with a 90-minute flight time between the destinations, the island will be the ideal destination for a vacation next year.”
Located 650 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC in the North Atlantic, Bermuda is a convenient and enchanting escape to kick off the New Year with activities for visitors.
Whether it’s running a race during the Chubb Bermuda Triangle Challenge Weekend (January 13-15) or carving out a customized culinary experience during Bermuda Restaurant Weeks (January 19- Febuary 28), plenty of excitement awaits travelers.
The excitement doesn’t end there. Bermuda is the perfect place to rejuvenate during Spa Month in February or take in a rare sighting of humpback whales as they migrate offshore during March and April.
Picking up after Hurricane Nicole
When Hurricane Nicole made its landfall in Florida last month, it certainly wasn’t a windfall for the New York-based carrier JetBlue.
The airline’s revenue took something of a beating as a result, and added to a poorer outlook for the close-out of 2022.
JetBlue stated in its recent securities filing that: “Underlying demand trends continue to be strong with healthy load factors and yields above 2019 levels for both trough and peak travel periods.”
“JetBlue also continues to generate strong ancillary revenue performance, with exceptional co-brand performance which continues to reach record levels.”
“However, JetBlue experienced a negative impact from Hurricane Nicole in November, and the expected very strong close-in demand for December reflected in its prior outlook has materialized below expectations.”
“In addition, the adverse impact of the fourth quarter holiday calendar timing this year is greater than previously forecasted.”
“As a result, JetBlue now expects revenue per available seat mile for the fourth quarter of 2022 to be at the low-end of its prior guidance range for a 15% to 19% increase.”
On the upside, the demand for air travel remains strong, as acknowledged by the airline, and the bolstering of route services such as the recently announced non-stop Bermuda services should hopefully see JetBlue open the new year on a firmer footing.