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