JetBlue’s New Flights Between Washington’s Reagan National Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico to Launch August 23
WASHINGTON and SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), Puerto Rico’s largest carrier (a), today announces that its new nonstop “capital-to-capital” service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico will begin on August 23, 2012. Flights are on sale now for as low as $109 each way today through June 6, 2012, at www.jetblue.com/new, for travel between August 23 and November 14, 2012 (b).
Just last week JetBlue was granted a beyond-perimeter slot exemption from the United States Department of Transportation to launch this new long-distance flight. JetBlue’s new flights will be the only nonstop service between Washington D.C.’s downtown airport and the capital of Puerto Rico. This route will be JetBlue’s 14th destination from San Juan and will operate from JetBlue’s exclusive new ‘home’ in Terminal A at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.
“We’re very excited to launch this new service between two major capital cities and two key markets in the JetBlue network,” said Rob Land, senior vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel at JetBlue. “The ability to provide this much-needed service between D.C. and San Juan is a long-sought opportunity we’re happy to be able to offer thanks to the DOT and the many individuals, companies and public officials in Puerto Rico and the mainland who supported our application for this exciting new service. JetBlue has long been focused on expanding its footprint in the Puerto Rico market, where we’re the largest airline today, and growing our presence at Reagan National. We expect this new route to fulfill our customers’ needs while providing them with low fares, an outstanding product and our unique brand of customer service.”
“Directly linking Puerto Rico’s capital city with our nation’s capital city will create new economic opportunities, drive successful tourism growth and increase essential business links that are key to the long-term economic growth of the Island,” Governor Fortuno said. “We look forward to the start of JetBlue’s new San Juan-to-D.C. direct service which will kick off new, low-cost options that benefit both residents of and travelers to Puerto Rico.”
JetBlue’s proposed schedule between Washington D.C. and San Juan:
Washington D.C. to San Juan: San Juan to Washington D.C.: ---------------------------- ---------------------------- Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive --------------- --------------- 8:50 a.m. - 12:34 p.m. 5:55 p.m. - 9:44 p.m. ---------------------- --------------------- - Flights operate daily effective August 23, 2012- - All times local - -------------------
JetBlue’s flights to and from San Juan will be operated with the airline’s comfortable Airbus A320 fleet. JetBlue is Puerto Rico’s largest airline, offering more seats in and out of the island than any other carrier with service to 13 nonstop destinations throughout the U.S. mainland and the Caribbean. Since JetBlue first began operating into San Juan in 2002, the number of fliers traveling with JetBlue to/from the Commonwealth’s capital has grown an average of 28 percent each year. From San Juan, customers can connect on to St. Croix, Santo Domingo, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.
JetBlue launched service from Reagan National in November 2010, after more than a decade of attempting to enter the tightly restricted market. Most recently, it obtained eight slot pairs at an auction held by the Department of Transportation which allowed the airline to increase its total slot holdings to 34. With its expanded access to Reagan National, JetBlue will in June increase its business-friendly schedule of seven daily roundtrip flights between Reagan National and Boston to 10 daily flights, triple its daily service to its focus cities in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla., and launch a new nonstop route to Tampa, Fla.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline(TM) with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. 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 71 cities with 700 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.
(a) With more seats in and out of Puerto Rico than any other carrier.
(b) Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased by 6/6/12 (the earlier of 11:59PM ET or local) for flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and San Juan, PR (SJU) on Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Sat. only between 8/23/12 and 11/14/12. 14-day advance purchase required. Fare is subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits apply). Fare does not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $20 fee per person applies to fares (not Award flights) purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $100 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
SOURCE JetBlue Airways