Premier McKeeva Bush confirmed the flights Thursday. They include a year-round, non-stop service to New York and a seasonal service to Boston.
Mr. Bush said the announcement was the culmination of about two years of negotiation between Cayman tourism officials and JetBlue.
“Reaching this agreement to provide services is an exciting and welcomed result which will move the destination closer to achieving our goal of increasing visitors to the Cayman Islands from two of our top source markets,” Mr. Bush said..
New York City currently ranks in the top spot for visitors and Boston ranks at number four. “Having a well-regarded and highly popular brand like JetBlue bringing travellers to our shores will go a long way to continuing the positive trends that we have been seeing over the last three years from a stayover visitor perspective,” Premier Bush said.
JetBlue flights will serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman three times a week starting on 17 November. The flights will arrive and depart on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The seasonal service from Boston’s Logan International Airport will start with Saturday flights.
“The service from JFK and [Boston] comes at the perfect time to support our high season market,” said Cayman Islands Tourism Association Executive Director Jane Van der Bol.