JetBlue Begins Service to Fourth Destination in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) continues to grow in the Caribbean, as it adds service today to its fourth city in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana. Located on the tropical east end of the island, Punta Cana is...


NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) continues to grow in the Caribbean, as it adds service today to its fourth city in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana. Located on the tropical east end of the island, Punta Cana is the 15th international destination in JetBlue's growing network of 61 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin and Central America. JetBlue will begin daily nonstop flights year-round between Punta Cana International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) today and weekly nonstop flights on Saturdays from Boston's Logan International beginning this Saturday, May 8, 2010. A second, seasonal flight from Boston will also be added on Wednesdays beginning July 7, 2010.

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Punta Cana is JetBlue's fourth destination in the Dominican Republic, where the airline has grown substantially in recent years to become the nation's #1 airline (a). Both routes will be operated with JetBlue's 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

"We are proud to add Punta Cana to our network today as it further enhances our relationship with the Dominican Republic, where we continue to grow and serve millions every year," said Marty St. George, senior vice president of marketing and commercial strategy for JetBlue Airways. "We offer the best travel product in the Americas, including more legroom, unlimited free snacks and drinks, more free entertainment on personal seatback TVs and more friendly service -- and this means even more options for the Dominican Republic and more options for our Boston and New York customers, too."

"Punta Cana is a top destination in the Caribbean and Latin America for championship golf, luxury resorts and hotels, world-class beaches, azure blue seas and beautiful year-round weather and pampering," said Magaly Toribio, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's Vice Minister of International Promotion. "JetBlue is an innovator in meeting the growing demand for the Dominican Republic with the addition of daily flights to Punta Cana. Our busiest airport, Punta Cana International Airport is a major gateway to the DR's sophisticated resorts, magnificent sun, sea and sand. Now travelers through New York can reach paradise in just a few short hours."

Daniel J. Carl, Economic Officer of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, also added: "The Dominican economy has also weathered the economic crisis much better than many of its Latin American counterparts. The economic resilience can be attributed, in part, to the continued strength of the tourism sector, which would be impossible without great air service provide by U.S. airlines like JetBlue. This service also empowers more Dominicans to visit friends and family in the U.S. whether they are in Florida, New York, Boston, or elsewhere in the U.S."

"We are excited that JetBlue will now be flying in to Punta Cana and look forward to welcoming more tourists to the region from NYC and Boston," said Frank Rainieri, President & CEO of PUNTACANA Resort & Club.

JetBlue's new service from JFK to Punta Cana:

JetBlue's new service from Boston to Punta Cana:

JetBlue offers full vacation packages for Punta Cana and 35 other JetBlue destinations. Through JetBlue Getaways, customers can book discounted vacation packages including airfare, hotel, airport transfers as well as various activities in a single purchase, saving valuable time and money. For bookings made today through May 20, 2010, multiple all-inclusive resorts are offering reduced rates in celebration of JetBlue's launch, including: Catalonia Royal Bavaro, Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro, Gran Bahia Principe Ambar, Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Spa and Casino, Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, and Unlimited Luxury (b). To book go to www.jetblue.com/vacations.

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