JetBlue to Add Hartford as Its First Connecticut Destination

by Chris Kjelgaard on April 20, 2010

JetBlue Airways is adding Hartford, Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) as a new destination on November 17.

On that date the carrier will launch twice-daily nonstop service with Airbus A320s from BDL to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).


JetBlue Airways is selling one-way flights on its new BDL routes from $69 plus taxes at www.jetblue.com through April 30, for travel between November 30 and December 15.

“Connecticut has been vital to JetBlue’s success over the past decade, where our Darien financial support center opened in 2000, and where the state’largest employer and one of our valued business partners, Pratt & Whitney, is based,” says Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue Airways.

“We welcome the Hartford community onboard for JetBlue’s high-quality, value-oriented service between the Gateway of New England and Florida’s sunny resorts, parks and beaches. Additionally, Connecticut customers will also have the option to conveniently connect in Florida to other destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, extending their relevant JetBlue route network to even more exciting getaways,” says Barger.

“For many years, the public has been asking, ‘When is JetBlue coming to Bradley?’ As of November, that will become a reality,” says Eric Waldron, airport administrator of Bradley International Airport.

This photograph shows JetBlue Airways' founder and former CEO David Neeleman with one of the airline's Airbus A320s. After vacating the CEO's office at JetBlue in May 2007, the entrepreneurial Neeleman left his remaining position as chairman of the carrier in May 2008 to form a new airline, Azul Linhas Aéreas, in Brazil. As a resident of Connecticut, Neeleman may be pleased to see JetBlue start service to the state ― at Hartford's Bradley International Airport ― on November 17, 2010

JetBlue’s schedule between Hartford and Fort Lauderdale will see its first daily flight depart BDL at 7:20 a.m. and arrive at FLL at 10:40 a.m. Its second daily BDL-FLL flight is timed to depart BDL at 4:10 p.m. and reach FLL at 7:30 p.m. In the other direction, JetBlue’s first FLL-BDL flight will push back at FLL at 11:15 a.m. and land at BDL at 2:15 p.m., with the airline’s second flight leaving FLL at 7:50 p.m. and arriving at BDL at 10:50 p.m.

Between Hartford and Orlando, JetBlue’s schedule calls for the carrier’s first daily flight to push back at BDL at 8:45 a.m. and reach MCO at 11:55 a.m. The second flight is timed to depart BDL at 3:00 p.m. and get to MCO at 6:10 p.m. Between Orlando and Hartford, JetBlue’s first daily flight is scheduled to leave MCO at 12:40 p.m. and arrive at BDL at 3:25 p.m. and its second flight to depart MCO at 6:55 p.m. in order to reach BDL at 9:40 p.m.

Bradley, which is New England’s second-largest airport after Boston Logan International Airport, will be JetBlue’s 63rd destination and its first destination in Connecticut. The carrier also serves the New England region at Burlington, Vermont; Portland, Maine; and Boston, where JetBlue is the largest carrier and flies nonstop to 34 destinations.

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