Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced Tuesday they have finalized terms to begin a codeshare marketing relationship, expanding upon the carriers’ interline agreement in place since 2013.
The codeshare will help facilitate improved connectivity between two of the top airlines in the Caribbean, subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals.
“We’re excited to expand our partnership with JetBlue. Providing improved connectivity in our common hub of San Juan will add tremendous value to Caribbean residents, visitors, and businesses,” said Seaborne Airlines President Gary Foss.
“We’re honored that JetBlue, known for outstanding customer service, would recognize the same that Seaborne employees are providing throughout the Caribbean,” Foss said.
Seaborne, the largest regional operator, and JetBlue, the biggest carrier by flights and seats at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, offer a combined 50 daily flights that connect 22 destinations.
Seaborne will expand the JetBlue network to multiple new destinations, including Anguilla, Dominica, Guadalupe, Martinique, Nevis, St. Kitts, and Tortola. In addition, the Seaborne Airlines network will also provide JetBlue customers’ access to an expanded presence throughout the United States Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
“Our codeshare agreement with Seaborne makes traveling to the Caribbean easier than ever, and that’s the way a beach vacation or family visit should feel,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president of airline planning, JetBlue.
“Between JetBlue’s leading position as San Juan’s largest and most customer friendly airline, and Seaborne’s extended local reach, this is a win-win partnership for customers and tourism,” he said.
Along with JetBlue, Seaborne operates as a codeshare partner of American Airlines and Air Europa of Spain. Seaborne offers interline connecting agreements with Delta Airlines and United Airlines as well.
In all, Seaborne and the carrier’s partners offer non-stop service to 32 destinations in the Americas and Europe from San Juan. Seaborne’s expanding network out of San Juan has helped solidify San Juan’s position as the Caribbean’s largest hub.
“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company welcomes this new partnership that supports and strengthens our efforts to increase air access to the island,” said Ingrid I. Rivera-Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
“This new codeshare marketing relationship between Jet Blue and Seaborne facilitates the entrance of more visitors and positively impacts the economic development in the island,” he said.