JetBlue Airways is poised to return to the Turks and Caicos Islands following the lifting of the travel restriction on July 22.
According to JetBlue’s website, seats are on sale for flights on both the Fort Lauderdale – Providenciales and New York – Providenciales routes.
JetBlue’s New York – Providenciales flights will operate six days per week, Sundays through Friday using their Airbus A321.
The Fort Lauderdale – Providenciales flights will operate five times per week on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays using the Embraer 190 aircraft with one-way fares as low as US$90 for flights in August.
Local destination expert Val Kallicharran said, “Our local travel agents in Turks and Caicos are excited to be offering these newly announced flight options for visitors wanting to visit our shores. Our resorts, villas, activity providers, and transport teams have been working hard to welcome visitors traveling on these Jetblue flights for the summer period, and beyond.”
Caribbean Journal which broke the story has quoted Karen Whitt, vice president of sales and marketing at the Hartling Group in Turks and Caicos as saying “The reopening of the tourism industry is critical for our economy, and I would describe our reaction to JetBlue relaunching service to the island as joyful, hopeful and optimistic. JetBlue has been a valuable partner to the destination and to Hartling Group resorts for many years, and we look forward to welcoming them back and working together as we continue to move out of the crisis phase into recovery and beyond, together with our key travel partners.”
Like many other countries, Turks and Caicos suspended international travel on March 24 to stem the transmission of the deadly coronavirus. Last month, the Government announced that the country’s borders will be reopened on July 22, 2020.
It is unclear what additional restrictions will be imposed on passengers as there has been a surge in positive coronavirus tests in the USA. The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority has set out new procedures for passengers using the airport including social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. They have also installed hand sanitization stations throughout the airport terminal.