JetBlue in Caribbean expansion

JetBlue Airways will add new service this winter to two more island destinations: St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The award-winning airline will offer one daily nonstop flight between Puerto Plata and New York/JFK effective January 10, 2008, and one daily nonstop flight between St. Maarten and New York/JFK effective January 17, 2008.

With its new nonstop flights to St. Maarten and Puerto Plata, JetBlue now offers its unique brand of low-fare service and high frills to a total of eleven Caribbean/Atlantic destinations including Aruba; Bermuda; Cancun; Nassau; Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Santiago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. JetBlue will serve 55 destinations in seven countries this winter.

“Customers have been asking for more JetBlue flights to the Caribbean and today we’re pleased to add service to St. Maarten and Puerto Plata, two of the most beautiful spots in the region,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s Vice President of Network Planning. “With JetBlue, customers enjoy award-winning inflight entertainment, generous name-brand snacks, and top-notch customer service—all at some of the lowest fares around. We think the flight should be as good as the destination, so on your next trip to the Caribbean, we invite you to experience all that flying should be.”

Customers flying JetBlue to/from St. Maarten and Puerto Plata will travel in style aboard the airline’s modern Airbus A320 fleet, which features all-leather seating and the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines), as well as complimentary first-run movies and bonus features from FOX InFlight(tm) on JetBlue’s signature seatback televisions. Through its largest focus city at New York’s JFK Airport, JetBlue also offers Caribbean travelers convenient connecting service to destinations across the airline’s coast-to-coast route network.

” JetBlue’s tremendous success flying from New York to the Caribbean is a testament to the affordable, high-quality service that has made the airline a must for New Yorkers visiting relatives or hoping for a relaxing vacation at the beach,” said New York’s senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “The expanded service to St. Maarten and Puerto Plata promises the same exceptional service for thousands of New Yorkers eager to fill the seats to visit loved ones or travel to new destinations.”


“I am so pleased that JetBlue is continuing their commitment to bringing New Yorkers more access to low cost travel options by offering this new service between JFK and the Caribbean,” said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. “This is particularly welcome news for many New Yorkers in our Caribbean community who are looking for affordable air fare options so they can visit family and friends back home.”

“Congratulations to JetBlue on this expansion to the Caribbean,” said Chairman Charles Rangel (NY-15th). “My Congressional District has the largest population of Dominicans outside of the Dominican Republic. JetBlue’s expansion of service to not only Santo Domingo and Santiago, but to Puerto Plata as well, will make it much more convenient for my constituents to visit the island and their relatives.”