By Anthony Noto
There will be fewer flights to Haiti in April via JetBlue Airways Corp.
The New York carrier has temporarily reduced the number of daily flights between the U.S. and Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital city.
The airline “continues to offer service between the U.S. and Haiti and remains committed to doing so as long as local airport conditions and U.S. authorities allow it,” a JetBlue spokesperson told me.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Level four travel advisory and ordered the evacuation of certain diplomats and their families from the country due to violent protests. In early February, activists resorted to violence throughout Haiti and began demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.
“We have temporarily reduced the number of daily flights in April between the U.S. and Port-au-Prince, while we continue to monitor reports from Haiti,” the JetBlue spokesperson added. “Customers impacted by the schedule change will be rebooked on a flight departing the same day.”
JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) has fee waivers and advises travelers to check flight status.
Air Canada, which operates round-trip flights from Port-au-Prince to Montreal, is also suspending service through April 29.
Meanwhile, JetBlue is growing its services at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The Long Island City-based company’s goal is to reach 200 daily departures in the coming years, according to a Wednesday release.
Beginning this summer, JetBlue will add more flights on twelve popular routes while also expanding or adjusting schedules to offer hourly service to Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area.
The move, which will benefit both leisure and business customers, is the latest in a series of growth announcements in Boston where JetBlue flies to more nonstop destinations, operates more flights and serves more travelers than any other airline.