By Evie Carrick
June 28, 2019

There are about 700 islands in the Caribbean, but chances are only a select few — popular spots like the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica — come to mind. The French island of Guadeloupe is relatively unknown to U.S. travelers, and it makes sense when you consider that for many, flights to the island aren’t easy or direct.

JetBlue may help change that with its announcement to make Guadeloupe its latest Caribbean destination. Pending regulatory approval, the carrier hopes to offer three weekly nonstop flights from New York City's John F. Kennedy International to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, starting February 2020. JetBlue says seats are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.

The new route makes the airline the only carrier offering nonstop flights to the island from the northeastern U.S. And the four-and-a-half hour flight from JFK quickly transports travelers to what JetBlue calls “one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets.”

Capesterre-Belle-Eau, Guadeloupe
Credit: Florence Courgibet/EyeEm/Getty Images

“With its combination of French flair and Caribbean coolness, Guadeloupe will offer our customers an all-new and exciting destination to escape to this winter,” said Andrea Lusso, director route planning at JetBlue, in a statement. “We continue to build our New York focus city strategy and by adding another unique destination we reinforce our position in the Caribbean, where JetBlue continues to serve more nonstop destinations from JFK than any other carrier.”

As recently as March, Norwegian Air offered direct flights between JFK and Guadeloupe, but the airline said in February that they would not resume their seasonal flights this coming winter.