- Year-round service to three Caribbean cities planned -
- Now offering 31 destinations from Boston -
BOSTON , Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), Boston's leading airline with service to more destinations than any other carrier, today announces the first step of plans to grow its focus city at Logan International Airport in 2009, giving its customers more choices to more cities.
Customer-favorite JetBlue will add new or expanded service to 12 business and leisure destinations across the United States and Caribbean , adding further depth to its already robust schedule of service to 31 cities in seven countries from Boston . Boston is JetBlue's second-largest base of operations, with a growing base of nearly 1,200 local crewmembers.
More flights across the United States
Beginning May 1 , JetBlue will resume flights between Boston and San Francisco International Airport with a seasonal nonstop service. JetBlue will also add a second daily flight on routes to Charlotte, N.C. ; Chicago (O'Hare); Pittsburgh ; and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. ; a third daily flight to Buffalo, N.Y. and L.A./ Long Beach, Calif. ; a sixth and seventh daily flight to Washington ( Dulles ); and a ninth and tenth daily flight to New York (JFK).
Expanded Caribbean service
In May, JetBlue will resume seasonal nonstop service to Bermuda and also add daily nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico , a previously winter-only route. New nonstop service to St. Maarten , a new route beginning February 14, 2009 , will operate year-round on Saturdays. JetBlue also offers nonstop service to Aruba and Cancun, Mexico , year-round; to Nassau, Bahamas throughout the winter season; and to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic this holiday season ( December 18, 2009 - January 5, 2009 ).
"With the addition of more flights to 12 top destinations, JetBlue is making it easier than ever to do business in and out of Boston," said JetBlue's Vice President of Planning Marty St. George . "With our expanded schedule, easy, same-day trips between Boston and the nation's top business centers like Charlotte and Raleigh are now a breeze. And when you're ready for a break, our new year-round flights to places like St. Maarten and San Juan make getting away even easier - and more comfortable."
"This expanded effort is proof that Boston's economy remains strong," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino . "Despite difficult economic times, families and business people from all over the world continue to make Boston one of their top destinations."
"This expansion of service by JetBlue is good news for Boston Logan International Airport and the millions of passengers who choose to fly from New England's gateway," said Ed Freni , Director of Aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates Logan. "In four short years, JetBlue has become a favorite of passengers and now flies nonstop to more destinations than any other carrier. Their success here is indicative of the strong market in Boston for business and leisure travel."
Cape Air connections throughout New England
Customers traveling through Boston from most destinations may also take advantage of convenient connecting service operated by JetBlue's marketing partner, Cape Air, to fly onward to some of New England's most beautiful destinations including Hyannis , Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket , and Provincetown, Mass. , and Rutland / Killington, Vt .
About JetBlue Airways
New York -based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 51 cities with 600 daily flights. New service to Bogota, Colombia , and San Jose, Costa Rica , begins in 2009. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit www.jetblue.com.
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