The airline will operate four daily flights to Newark Liberty International, complementing its existing schedule of frequent daily flights between Boston and New York...

JetBlue Airways is planning to launch service from Boston Logan International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport beginning in early May 2011.

The airline will operate four daily flights to Newark Liberty International, complementing its existing schedule of frequent daily flights between Boston and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. JetBlue Airways says its new service will bring the only low-fare competition into a notoriously high-fare market and bolster its presence as Boston’s number one carrier, serving more nonstop destinations and carrying more travelers than any other airline.

In the first quarter of 2010, the average airfare paid by travelers in the Boston-Newark market was $280 one-way, a price that is higher than the average fare paid by Boston travelers on any of the six coast-to-coast routes operated by JetBlue from Logan, according to statistics from the United States Department of Transportation cited by JetBlue.

“JetBlue is committed to giving travelers more for less, and that is particularly true for our new route to Newark, which currently has some of the highest airfares in America and no nonstop competition,” says Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning. “We’re proud to have become Boston’s carrier of choice by following one simple formula: offer reasonable fares and don’t skimp on the experience, and people will keep coming back for more. It’s not rocket science. We’re excited to add this new service and give Boston travelers their choice of 10 daily flights to the New York City area.”

In February 2010, JetBlue Airways celebrated its 10th anniversary with a specially painted Airbus A320 featuring a unique 10-themed livery to signify the carrier's entry into its second decade

“With JetBlue entering the Newark market, another major destination from Boston will be served by a low cost carrier and that means competition will lower fares and our customers will win,” says Ed Freni, director of aviation for Massport, the operator of Boston Logan. “We congratulate JetBlue on its 39th destination from Boston and applaud their continued growth.”

As with every low JetBlue fare from Boston, the airline’s new Newark service will include unlimited free snacks and drinks; the most legroom in coach (on average) of any U.S. airline; 36 channels of live DIRECTV programming at every seat – which JetBlue claims will be the only free live television on the route – and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio.

JetBlue will continue its growth in Boston this fall by adding new nonstop routes to sun destinations including Phoenix and Sarasota Bradenton, Florida, as well as a new high-frequency route featuring seven daily roundtrips to Washington’s Reagan National Airport from November 1. With the addition of its Newark flights, JetBlue says it will be offering Logan customers 39 nonstop destinations by spring 2011.

Customers connecting through Boston on JetBlue from select destinations can also connect for onward service to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia on JetBlue’s partner airlines Aer Lingus, American Airlines, and Lufthansa, or to destinations throughout New England with Cape Air.

On August 27, Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier and the largest U.S. airline in terms of domestic passengers carried, announced it had agreed a slot-lease deal with Continental Airlines that would see Southwest operating 18 round-trip flights daily from Newark Liberty International, with its initial services from Newark beginning in March 2011.

The transaction was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Justice as a condition of the department allowing the proposed merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines to go ahead. Southwest’s agreement to lease slots from Continental to begin service at Newark is contingent on Continental and United completing their planned merger by November and Southwest – which also has a sizable presence at Boston Logan – has not yet revealed the destinations it plans to serve from Newark.