JetBlue Airways Offering Affordable Fares and Non-stop Service to Haiti

JetBlue Airways is beginning non-stop service to Haiti from two U.S. international airports in December. It will be offering trips from both Fort Lauderdale and JFK to Port-au-Prince daily. The two new service routes have been added to encourage the Haitian Diaspora in these states to visit their homeland more often.


Haiti's economy has been dependent on remittances coming from the Diaspora, on average one billion dollars annually. Remittances make up 25% of Haiti's Gross Domestic Product. Motivating the Diaspora to visit more frequently will raise their awareness of Haiti's struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake. And how their travel dollars--in addition to remittances--can help while the government of Haiti (GOH) improves their performance in handling outstanding donor-aid money.

Aid donors have been withholding billions of dollars in reconstruction monies until GOH implements a bidding process for awarding contracts. GOH is scrambling to make improvements in their aid-delivery system. But change does not happen quickly, and the Diaspora's travel dollars are needed.

Fort Lauderdale will make two non-stop flights daily to Port-au-Prince, while JFK will fly a once-daily non-stop schedule. The JetBlue aircraft flying out of JFK will be an Airbus A320, and a 100-passenger Embraer will leave from Fort Lauderdale.

JetBlue VP Scott Lawrence is pleased by the growth JetBlue has experienced in the Caribbean. Due to specially-discounted fares offered the Diaspora, the Haitian economy will benefit from Diaspora frequent-traveler dollars, which will contribute to the economic welfare of communities in the country.

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