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BTA, Government welcome new JetBlue New York flight

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US airline JetBlue is to add a new daily flight to Bermuda from New York – and another service to the island is to start earlier than planned.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority said that JetBlue had announced the addition of non-stop, once-daily seasonal flights from LaGuardia Airport to the island.

Additionally, United Airlines’ service from Newark to Bermuda will start in March 2023, six weeks earlier than anticipated, said the BTA.

“We’re thrilled to resume United Airlines service and welcome JetBlue’s expanded service to Bermuda in 2023,” said Erin Smith, the BTA’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.”

Wayne Furbert, the Minister of Transport, also welcomed the increased air service.

"In a recent statement, JetBlue announced daily a non-stop service from LaGuardia starting in Spring 2023, opening up greater access to New York and more potential for connections beyond.

"This news follows the announcement last week that United Airlines' service from Newark will start in March 2023, over a month earlier than anticipated.

“British Airways will begin daily service between Bermuda and Heathrow in April.

“These gateway cities are vital to our tourism recovery. The revitalisation of air service continues with the increased capacity and frequency of flights between Bermuda and existing and new destination airports.

"I am pleased that our existing airline partners are showing a renewed interest in Bermuda. We continue to be optimistic about our air service development prospects."

The minister highlighted that the start of British Airways’ daily flight to Heathrow “yields access to European markets farther afield than before the pandemic”.

Skyport’s schedule for this month lists additional flights added for the holiday season with destinations including the Azores, New York, Atlanta, Miami and Toronto.

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Published December 15, 2022 at 7:39 am (Updated December 15, 2022 at 7:39 am)

BTA, Government welcome new JetBlue New York flight

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