Aruba Airport Authority N.V. (AAA) in the presence of Aruba’s Minister of Tourism Dangui Oduber, ATA CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, AHATA CEO Tisa LaSorte, JetBlue General Manager AUA/CUR Karen King and other partners and stakeholders welcomed JetBlue’s inaugural flight out of Newark (EWR) to AUA Airport.
JetBlue is launching 24 new routes this year aimed at immediately generating cash and capturing traffic on a variety of new, nonstop routes – many never flown before by the airline, and Aruba is happy to be one of the chosen destinations by the airline partner of 14 years. Aruba has been uniquely identified as one of the markets in which JetBlue anticipates increasing demand for leisure travel.
Despite being in a different global scenario, the AUA Airport team managed to celebrate and welcome this inaugural flight with a very limited number of guests, while following all the protocols to ensure the health and safety for everyone. “We’re ecstatic that JetBlue, our airline partner of 14 years and currently the second largest carrier for Aruba, has decided to expand its presence with nonstop service to Aruba from New York – Newark on Saturdays and Sundays on JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo aircraft. Also offering flights from Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK and Boston, this is JetBlue’s 4th gateway to Aruba as one of the key destinations from which their highly successful Mint service that was launched in 2015 is also provided on select flights.
This inaugural flight is proof that commitment, trust and great teamwork between JetBlue, Aruba Airport Authority N.V. and all other essential partners and stakeholders are key factors in the success of an airline and a destination. We’re confident that the Newark service will surely be a successful addition to JetBlue’s routes network,” said AAA CEO Joost Meijs. This inaugural flight is part of strategic moves JetBlue has made to accelerate its recovery and generate cash in the current travel environment, and this couldn’t have come in a better time for Aruba as a tourism destination. It also serves as a confirmation and further testament of an airline’s ability to move capacity around; despite the costly and operational challenges they are currently facing.