American Airlines has competition.
A day after the world’s largest airline revealed new direct flights between New York City and Costa Rica, low-cost carrier JetBlue announced the same.
Starting Nov. 1, the United States-based carrier will fly between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
It’s JetBlue’s first non-stop offering to the San José area from the northeastern United States. Currently, the airline flies here from the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
JetBlue also already offers nonstop service between New York-JFK and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.
JetBlue’s new flight will operate as follows using an Airbus A320-series airplane:
- Departs JFK at 6:30 p.m., arriving in the San José area at 10:50 p.m.
- Departs SJO at 11:59 p.m., arriving in New York City at 6:09 a.m.
“The A320 has a capacity for 150 passengers, so we are adding 23,400 new seats from our main market, the United States of America,” said Maria Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism. “We offered to strengthen Costa Rica’s air connectivity, and each new announcement is an example of the work that the ICT is leading in alliance with the private sector to achieve it.”
United Airlines also offers direct New York-Costa Rica service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).