The Bermuda Government has revealed:
1. Low-cost airline Jet Blue Airways has confirmed that as from May of this year it will operate twice daily flights to Bermuda from JFK, New York.
The Embraer 190 – with a single-class configuration of 100 seats – will be used on the Bermuda run.
2. Another low-cost airline, Spirit Airlines, intends to start all-year round daily flights to Bermuda from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Detroit.
3. Twice-weekly charter flights operated by US based TNT Vacations, costing $49 for a round-trip from New York and Boston will be offered to North American visitors between February and April.
These flights will provide more than 8,000 seats to Bermuda during the "off season". However, they will not be available for outward bound Bermuda travellers.
4. British Airways flights from London to Bermuda between March and October will be on a daily basis.
5. A new flight service from Munich will also start in June subject to approval by the governments of Germany and the UK. No airline or operator was mentioned. LTU or some other German airline?
Jet Blue filed for the right to operate the route at noon yesterday and it should take two to three weeks for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve the flights. Rejection is most unlikely.
The expectation is that Jet Blue's low cost tickets will entice more visitors to the Island and break the stranglehold of higher-cost carriers.
I wonder how current US operators to Bermuda will react?