Jet Blue launching daily San Juan service November 17

POSTED: 04/15/11 12:25 PM

St. Maarten – JetBlue Airways has announced it will launch non-stop, daily flights between St. Maarten and Puerto Rico on November 17. The airline is still waiting for government approval but has decided to begin selling tickets at their website soon.

This new route will be the value airline’s eighth non-stop destination out of San Juan and its third out of St. Maarten. The new service is also JetBlue’s second intra-Caribbean route, with existing service between San Juan and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The service will be operated using JetBlue’s Embraer E190 aircraft which offers two-by-two, comfortable all-leather seating. The airline’s customers will also get a first-checked bag free, award-winning customer service and unlimited, complimentary snacks and drinks.

“We are thrilled to announce further growth to our San Juan focus city. The support of the Puerto Rican community has been remarkable and we look forward to continuing to provide them more options for travel throughout the Caribbean region,” JetBlue’s Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes said.
Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce Jose R. Perez-Riera added, “Increasing air access to Puerto Rico is essential for our tourism industry, commercial development, and homeport cruise market. We are grateful for the support that great airline partners like JetBlue have given to our market. This new service strengthens our position as a hub of the Caribbean and is the result of a successful working relationship that we have maintained with our partner airlines.”
This summer, JetBlue will have 27 daily departures from San Juan and 34 daily departures from Puerto Rico, including Aguadilla and Ponce. This new route will provide convenient connections to St. Maarten from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK), Boston’s Logan (BOS), Orlando International (MCO), and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL) airports. The new service follows the recent addition of flights from San Juan to both Tampa and Jacksonville.
“It is of high importance to improve regional air access in the Caribbean for the benefit of all the economies of the region. This new JetBlue service is a perfect example of how working together, the region can increase the supply of air traffic,” Chief Development Officer of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico Jaime A. Lopez-Diaz said.

“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is enthusiastic about JetBlue’s new service from Puerto Rico to St. Maarten, as it provides essential access to and from the Dutch/French Caribbean, one our top ten markets in the region,” Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company Mario Gonzalez added.

He stated further, “Visitors from St. Maarten/St. Martin visit Puerto Rico for diverse reasons like shopping, medical, and sports and cultural events, among others. This market generated an average of 1,900 room nights in calendar year 2010, principally in small and medium hotels. This new service strengthens Puerto Rico’s position as the main connecting point to numerous destinations within the region.”
“I am pleased to learn of JetBlue’s decision to begin servicing the SJU – SXM route,” the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs and Transportation of St. Maarten Franklin Meyers said. “Following our recent discussions in New York, JetBlue has proven to be a valuable partner since its initial entry into St. Maarten in 2008, providing daily service from New York as well as servicing St. Maarten from Boston. I am confident that together we will grow the San Juan – SXM route. This new service will open up the possibility for potential visitors from key source markets besides Puerto Rico, namely, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Boston, to come to the destination,” he added
“The JetBlue, St. Maarten partnership has changed the landscape of tourism in St. Maarten. The airfares from key source markets, for example, have become more affordable, therefore resulting in a larger volume of visitors to the destination as well as a higher visitor expenditure on island. The new SJU-SXM service by JetBlue, using the famous Embraer aircraft will certainly boost traffic in both directions, consequently contributing positively to our economy,” Director of Tourism of St. Maarten, Regina Labega said.


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