Thursday, August 07, 2008

JetBlue to Begin Nonstop Service Between Santo Domingo and San Juan, Add Holiday Capacity On Other Caribbean Routes

(PRIME NEWSWIRE) Customer-friendly JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announces plans to launch its first intra-Caribbean service with daily nonstop service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic beginning December 18, 2008, subject to government approval. Fares on the route will range from US $89 - $275(a) each way.

JetBlue will also offer increased service from the United States mainland to the Caribbean over the winter holiday season with nonstop service between Boston and Santo Domingo, also subject to government approval, and add more flights on existing routes from New York to Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo and from Boston to San Juan.

"Demand for JetBlue's high value Caribbean service continues to exceed our expectations," said Jim Fuoco, the airline's manager of route planning. "This winter we're pleased to redeploy capacity into some of our strongest markets for the holiday season and also add new service between Santo Domingo and San Juan, one of our customers' most-requested routes. JetBlue is proud to be the leading value airline in the Caribbean, with as many as 50 daily flights to the region this winter."

San Juan - Santo Domingo

JetBlue's first international service from San Juan -- and its first-ever intra-Caribbean route -- takes to the skies on December 18 when one daily roundtrip to Santo Domingo begins (b). Award-winning JetBlue will serve the route with its 100-seat EMBRAER 190 jet, which offers Customers spacious all-leather seating in a 2 x 2 configuration (no middle seats!), lots of legroom, and unlimited free snacks and beverages.

San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) to
(SDQ) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 3:55 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 1-809-200-9898, or by stopping by JetBlue's ticket office in Santo Domingo at Plaza Las Americas, Ave. Winston Churchill, Esquina, Paseo de los Locutores, 2nd Nivel Suite Y-B. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The office is closed Sundays and holidays.

Other Dominican Republic capacity increases

This winter JetBlue will offer its first-ever nonstop service between Boston and Santo Domingo, with a once-daily "holiday shuttle" in December and January. In addition, the airline intends to bolster its frequent service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Dominican Republic by adding a fourth daily departure to Santiago, a third daily departure to Santo Domingo, and a second daily departure to Puerto Plata over the holiday season.
"The Dominican Republic is dedicated to supporting all of JetBlue's efforts to provide the Caribbean with additional air service," said Dominican Republic Vice Minister of Tourism Magaly Toribio. "JetBlue's new flights from Boston and San Juan to our capital city, Santo Domingo, will help meet the growing demand of visitors and enhance our collective economies," she said.

San Juan capacity increases

In addition to its new route to Santo Domingo, JetBlue will also offer Puerto Rico travelers increased service to Boston's Logan International Airport this winter. The airline will add a second daily flight between Boston and San Juan during the peak holiday season. And as previously announced, JetBlue will increase service to San Juan from both New York and Orlando beginning in September.

"We applaud JetBlue for deepening its engagement in the Caribbean at a time when preserving and expanding air access in the region is of utmost concern to all our islands," said Terestella Gonzalez Denton, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "It is very rewarding to see that our work with the airline has resulted in the addition of a second daily flight from Boston, which is a very important market for us, to San Juan. We are committed to ensuring the profitability of this flight to make it a permanent fixture for JetBlue. Further, the addition of the San Juan-Santo Domingo route is a testament to the Caribbean's potential as a source of revenue for the airline industry and sets an example for the industry that should continue to invest in the region."

JetBlue will this winter be the second-largest U.S. airline to the Atlantic/Caribbean region with as many as 50 daily flights. The airline offers service from a variety of U.S. gateways to Aruba; Bermuda; Cancun; Nassau; St. Maarten; Aguadilla, Ponce, and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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