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When travel to Cuba for the majority of the US population finally became possible again last year, airlines pounced in order to win the rights for certain markets. Airlines hoped that the allure of Cuba would entice droves of travelers to descend on the island, filling their planes with high fares. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Per One Mile at a Time, as of May 3rd, jetBlue will be cutting capacity on all six of its US-Cuba routes:
- Havana to Ft. Lauderdale, New York-JFK, and Orlando will be downgauged from an Airbus A321 to an Airbus A320
- Ft. Lauderdale to Camagüey, Holguín, and Santa Clara will be downgauged from an Airbus A320 to an Embraer E190
These downgauges will result in a loss of 700 jetBlue seats per day in the US-Cuba market (if my math is correct, 7 flights a day, 50 seat loss per flight each way). jetBlue can’t be excited that these routes can’t stimulate demand, especially in Florida, where the majority of Cuban-Americans live.
I’m not surprised about the cuts, and jetBlue isn’t even the first to do so, as American announced cuts back in November. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more airlines (*cough* Alaska’s LAX-HAV route *cough*) get reduced or cut.
(READ MORE: First West Coast flight to Cuba takes off)
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