The San Juan Daily Star
Two new JetBlue routes to Puerto Rico announced
By The Star Staff
Puerto Rico Tourism Company Executive Director Carlos Mercado Santiago and JetBlue airline announced Thursday that two new daily routes will be offered to travel to the island as of July 5.
With the new services between Raleigh, North Carolina-San Juan and Tampa-Aguadilla, the airline continues its expansion in Puerto Rico.
Mercado Santiago stated in writing that the agency “continues working hard to strengthen Puerto Rico’s leadership as an air access hub in the Caribbean region and increase its value as a tourist and business destination.”
“The inclusion of these new routes to JetBlue’s already extensive network of connections in Puerto Rico will add 97,500 seats to the existing inventory and represents an impact of over $55 million on the local economy,” he said.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said that “as the airline with the largest presence in Puerto Rico, we are very excited to continue expanding our operations on the island.”
“This growth will increase the options for customers traveling to and from the island, while it reaffirms our commitment and support, both to the island’s tourism industry, and to strengthening connections between friends and families,” she added.
JetBlue, which is currently engaged in a merger with Spirit Airlines, will fly both routes seven days a week using A320 aircraft. The flight fromRaleigh will land in San Juan at 12:35 p.m. and return to North Carolina at 1:45 p.m. Regarding the route between Tampa and Aguadilla, the arrival in Puerto Rico will be at 2:57 p.m. with return at 3:50 p.m.
JetBlue currently serves the island’s three main airports with an average of 35 daily flights to and from cities in the continental United States and the Caribbean.