This week marked a significant development for The Islands of The Bahamas and JetBlue, as they celebrated the airline’s first nonstop flight connecting Los AngelesNassau, the vibrant Caribbean nation’s capital city.
This new direct route will serve to streamline travel between the West Coast and the West Indian archipelago, making it simpler and more convenient for California travelers to reach the paradisiacal tropical destinations renowned for its unspoiled beaches, crystal-clear waters and spirited culture.
"As we have seen, this direct link between coasts will open doors for countless travellers to experience the beauty, warmth and rich heritage of our country without the hassle of multiple connections," the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to continue welcoming passengers on the new JetBlue service, ensuring their arrival to our shores is nothing short of extraordinary."
JetBlue’s inaugural #2710 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) landed at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) on Saturday, November 4. There, passengers received a genuine Bahamian welcome in the form of a lively, traditional Bahamian Junkanoo celebration, kicking off what will certainly be their unforgettable experience in The Bahamas.
Passengers on JetBlue's inaugural Los Angeles-to-Nassau route were greeted by a traditional Junkanoo welcome party. (Photo Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation)
"We are excited to introduce a new option to connect our customers in Los Angeles to the destinations they want to fly," said Erik Hildebrandt, Director, Domestic Cities, JetBlue. "This new service to Nassau will bring more great service and everyday low fares to more customers, will expand our network and international presence in the Caribbean and open a direct option to Nassau, a world-class and popular destination."
Visitors arriving in Nassau and the offshore Paradise Island are greeted by a range of luxury resorts, diverse dining options, retail opportunities and a dynamic nightlife scene, and enjoy an endless supply of authentic Bahamian culture, from art exhibitions to historic landmarks. The bustling capital also serves as a fitting gateway from which to start exploring the brilliant beauty of all of The Bahamas’ 16 unique islands.
"We are thrilled that it is now easier than ever for those in Los Angeles to reach Nassau and Paradise Island to experience all that these two islands have to offer," said Joy Jibrilu, CEO, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board. "From outstanding accommodations and beautiful beaches to delicious dining and authentic cultural
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