JetBlue first announced its intent to fly this route in January, but just recently announced the launch date of October 25.
The new service from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Grand Cayman will open up a variety of new connecting opportunities between Grand Cayman and U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and multiple west coast markets, according to a JetBlue news release.
According to JetBlue, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of the carrier's fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering an alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. The airline also recently expanded its operation to two new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth.
The new Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service will join JetBlue’s existing service to the Cayman Islands from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonal service from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS).
JetBlue intends to serve the route with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft, which includes unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks and free movies for passengers.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism reported earlier this year that 2017 was a record year for arrivals in both air and cruise visitation. The U.S northeast region delivered an additional 2,997 visitors, or 28.89 percent increase year over year, making it the top performing region of 2017. The midwest region anchored solid volume levels with 2,325 additional visitors, or a 37.81 percent increase over 2016.