JetBlue Airways will launch a new route between its home base New York JFK and Daytona Beach International Airport in February 2016, the Florida airport becoming a new destination for the airline.
The carrier will operate daily service from Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA code JFK) to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), using Airbus A320 jets configured with 150 or 165 seats.
Airbus A320s are the largest aircraft which serve Daytona Beach International Airport on a regular basis, according to JetBlue Airways.
Each of JetBlue’s A320s currently has 150 passenger seats installed, but in November the airline’s management announced plans to increase the seat count in each A320 to 165 seats and the installation process is expected to begin this year.
According to JetBlue, its new service will provide the Daytona Beach area with its only nonstop service to New York City.
Daytona Beach will be JetBlue’s eighth destination in Florida. Tickets will be made available for sale closer to the launch date for the service, which JetBlue has not yet confirmed.
“This is great news for this community and our airport. This is the result of the community’s support that County Council has received to recruit JetBlue as an important new business partner at Daytona Beach International Airport,” says Jim Dinneen, Volusia County manager.
“We also have a long-standing relationship with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and are pleased to give the academic community there a new option for travel,” says Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s senior vice president of airline planning.
The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s operations base at New York JFK and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which claims to be the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, which creates a path for aspiring aviators to a career with the airline.
“This new route will provide a much needed service for our growing community and strengthen an already great relationship between Embry-Riddle and JetBlue,” says Dr. John Johnson, president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.