American low-cost carrier, JetBlue is to launch a number of new services to Mexico City from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in Florida.
Mexico City will become the second destination in Mexico for the airline, and the 35th in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Daily service to Mexico City International Airport will launch from October 1, 2015, from JetBlue’s two focus cities in Florida, operating from both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Mexico City in the evening, with flights back to the US operating in the early morning.
JetBlue will compete directly with Aeromexico on the Orlando – Mexico City route, while Spirit Airlines flies from Fort Lauderdale to Toluca Airport, which is situated about 25 miles from the Mexico City’s main airport. Mexican low-cost carrier, Volaris was the first carrier to add Mexico City to the Fort Lauderdale airport's roster of growing Latin American destinations last December.
"As we think about JetBlue's leadership in the Caribbean and Latin America, Mexico City is a destination that we have been very eager to add to our network," said Dave Clark, vice president network planning, JetBlue.
The launch will give customers from Mexico City flying to Florida a new option to reach Orlando’s world-famous amusement destinations and Fort Lauderdale’s beaches. Passengers will also be able to continue onto other destinations in the JetBlue network including New York, Washington DC, Boston and Nassau in the Bahamas.
"We can't wait to inspire humanity in Mexico City with our award-winning customer experience that has wowed the rest of the region. At the same time, we are proud to continue enhancing our already growing presence in Florida," added Dave Clark.
From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, JetBlue currently offers 37 nonstop destinations, with up to 85 daily flights. The airline plans to grow to 100 daily flights to meet increasing customer demand in South Florida. The airline will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.
The airline has also recently announced plans to serve Quito, Antigua and Grenada, expanding its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean.