JetBlue Airways, a leading US airline, has expanded its connectivity to Columbia by increasing the number of flights on the New York-Cartagena route. Starting October 31, JetBlue will operate daily flights connecting New York, a popular US destination, to Cartagena, an idyllic colonial city on Columbia’s Caribbean coast. With the rise in flight frequency, Customers from New York will now have an increased travel option to visit the Latin American destination.
Enhancing the connectivity to the Caribbean gem
JetBlue, a key connection between Latin America and the United States for the past 22 years, will increase the flight frequency between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Cartagena’s Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) from four weekly flights to daily basis. Currently, the carrier offers four flights in a week on this route serving holidaymakers or travelers who do business in Latin America. From October ahead of high season, it will bolster air service to the Caribbean gem to daily flights, supplementing its existing flights to the Columbian cities of Bogota and Medellin. The daily flights will make Cartagena more accessible and convenient for customers traveling for leisure or business purposes.
The flight itinerary is scheduled as:
Flight B6 1533: Depart JFK at 08:59 am local time and arrive in CTG at 01:57 pm
Flight B6 1532: Depart CTG at 03:05 pm local time and arrive at JFK at 9:00 pm
Airbus A320-200 aircraft for JFK-CTG
The Long Island City-headquartered airline will deploy Airbus A320-200 aircraft for the JFK-CTG route. It is a single-aisle, narrow-body airliner that can accommodate up to 162 passengers. The aircraft will cover the flight duration of 4 hours and 20 minutes on the Cartagena-New York route, cutting the travel time for travelers from the northeast-making Cartagena flight as fast as the trip to Los Angeles. Airbus A320-200 is the world’s most comfortable short-to-medium-haul aircraft that can fly up to the range of 3,350nm. JetBlue’s A320-200 is restyled with tech-forward entertainment options and modernized, residential interior design elements such as in-seat USB and 110v power outlets in every row, free high-speed wi-fi, 100+ channels of DIRECTV, neat-freak-approved seatback storage, etc.
JetBlue’s service to Columbia
Columbia is JetBlue’s viable destination from the US, and it has been serving the country since 2009. Bogata, the capital of Columbia, is the first Columbian destination served by JetBlue, whereas Cartagena is the second one. JetBlue flew for the first time from New York to Cartagena ten years ago in November 2012. It was the only carrier offering nonstop service between two hotspots during that time. At present, the airline conducts flights to three Columbian cities, i.e., Bogata (from Fort Lauderdale and New York JFK), Cartagena (from JFK), and Medellin (from Fort Lauderdale).
Cartagena, one of the hottest travel destinations on Columbia’s Caribbean coast, enjoys immense popularity with travelers from the United States. At the convenient prices offered by JetBlue, vacationers from New York can enjoy the colorful Old Town, the backstreets of Getsemani, sunset views, La Heroica, and other eye-popping attractions of Cartagena. JetBlue strives to offer the best US air service to Columbia by prioritizing travel to/ from more Columbian cities with a superior customer experience and bargain fares.
In less than five hours from New York City, travelers can access the picturesque colonial city on Columbia’s Caribbean coast. The daily flights on the JFK-CTG route will accompany larger growth in Cartagena by attracting leisure demand. Furthermore, New York state is home to large Columbian American communities, so the increased flight frequency will also target VFR (Visiting Friends &Relatives) traffic alongside leisure travelers.
Other airlines flying from JFK to CTG
Apart from JetBlue, South American carrier Avianca is the only carrier operating nonstop service to New York-JFK from the port city of Cartagena. On March 27, the carrier commenced one daily round-trip flight between two cities as a part of its broader plan to grow its network with 50 new nonstop routes by 2025. Avianca flight 65, operated by Airbus A320, takes off from JFK at 4: 40 am, and lands in CTG at 8:50 am local time. Likewise, Avianca flight 64, serving the CTG-JFK route, has a departure time of 9:20 pm and the arrival time of 03:15 am local time.
The other US airline flying to Rafael Núñez International Airport is Miramar-headquartered Spirit Airlines. However, the American ultra-low-cost carrier serves the airport from Fort Lauderdale (FLL). JetBlue used to serve the FLL-CTG route before the carrier pulled it down in addition to the other 36 routes.