In a world first move, JetBlue has announced the decision to launch a new non-stop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).
The first service connecting the U.S. West Coast to the Islands of The Bahamas will commence on November 4 later this year.
As a result of this new route, Jetblue will also enhance the connectivity from major markets within Asia and the Pacific, putting the 16 destinations of The Bahamas within reach for new visitors. Also available to the travellers on the route, will be JetBlue’s award-winning Mint premium service.
L.A. – Nassau direct
One June 7, JetBlue announced its new service between Los Angeles and Nassau, Bahamas, starting November 4 this year. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) welcomes the announcement.
The company will operate the service on a once-weekly basis, with departures running on Saturdays between Los Angeles Int’l Airport (LAX) and Nassau’s Sir Lynden Pindling Airport (NAS).
As known so far, the route will become the first service connecting the cities, the aircraft type to be used however, remains unknown but could be believed to be the A321neo fleet.
JetBlue’s announcement on this service comes just days ahead of the Ministry of Tourism’s “Bringing The Bahamas to You” Global Sales Mission Tour scheduled for California between June 12 and June 15.
The 3-day tour will make stops in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, to showcase the 16-island destination’s latest tourism offerings and developments, spotlight The Bahamas’ longstanding film legacy and celebrate the milestone 50th Anniversary of Independence.
On the new route, the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, said the following:
“Over the past nine months, the Ministry has been in constant dialogue with key international aviation stakeholders, including JetBlue to increase airlift capacity to meet the demand for travel to our destination.”
Also commenting is DPM Cooper, who said: “We are thrilled that within a few short months, travellers will be able to board a JetBlue flight in Los Angeles and be in The Bahamas within a matter of hours, to enjoy the beautiful beaches, the rich culture and the myriad of experiences on offer in Nassau and Paradise Island,”
JetBlue’s Atlantic expansion
During the company’s reveal of first quarter results, JetBlue also announced its plans to continue network expansion across the Atlantic and into European markets. It revealed its nonstop service between its home base of New York JFK (JFK) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS).
The service is scheduled to start on 29 August of this year and will be accompanied by a similar service from Boston (BOS), starting on 20 September.
The new route will be the carrier’s third across the North Atlantic, adding to its London route established in August 2021 and the Paris route starting in June this year.
To mark the occasion, the airline announced a sale on ticket costs for the two routes to Amsterdam. Limited return fares are starting at 1,899 USD and 1,299 USD in Mint – its premium seating cabin. Core cabin seats start at 479 USD and 399 USD.
On the announcement, Hayes said, “Entrenched legacy carriers have dominated this route for decades. Our transatlantic service demonstrates how JetBlue’s entrance into a new market lowers fares and benefits customers.”
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