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JetBlue adds Haiti to its route network

Posted by Patricia Borns  December 6, 2013 08:54 AM

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Passengers were literally dancing in the aisles Thursday as JetBlue launched its new service from Fort Lauderdale to Haiti.

While the timing of the launch with Christopher Columbus's landing on Hispanola may have seemed significant to JetBlue marketeers, what matters to Haitian-Americans is the prospect of lower fares as a result of much-needed competition. In the past, fares to Port-au-Prince were often higher than to neighboring Santo Domingo, with little off-season variation because of the country's minimal dependence on tourism.

The Haiti route makes Fort Lauderdale the largest provider of air service to Haiti, according to an airport official.

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