JetBlue Airways is adding two new nonstop destinations from Boston Logan International Airport – Portland, Oregon and Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic.
Seasonal service to Portland International Airport (PDX) will begin on May 26, while JetBlue Airways plans to begin the only nonstop service from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to Santiago de los Caballeros’ Cibao International Airport (STI) on June 17. JetBlue will operate its planned Boston-Santiago service three times a week, subject to receiving government approval.
Flights between Boston and Santiago or Portland are on sale now at www.jetblue.com, with introductory fares to Portland from $169 each way (plus taxes and fees) for travel booked by February 11. To obtain the introductory fares, travel must take place between June 1 and June 29, 2011.
With these route additions, JetBlue will serve a total of 42 nonstop destinations from Boston Logan, which JetBlue says is more than double the number of destinations served by the next-largest carrier at the airport.
The airline is also beginning weekly winter service to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands, its 39th destination, on February 19. Four-times-daily round-trips Logan to Newark, destination number 40, will begin on May 4. JetBlue will also resume summer service to Oakland, California from Boston in May.
“JetBlue’s new service to Santiago in the Dominican Republic is the 30th international destination at Logan Airport,” says Ed Freni, director of aviation for Massport, the operator of Boston Logan International Airport. “The airline’s service to Portland, Oregon represents another low cost service offered at Logan. JetBlue now offers 42 destinations out of Boston, more than any other carrier. This means more choices for the traveling public.”
“This is great news for PDX travelers, who make 150,000 trips every year between Portland and Boston,” says David Zielke, the Port of Portland’s general manager of air service development. “We appreciate JetBlue’s continued commitment to our community, including existing routes to both New York and Long Beach, California”
“With JetBlue’s new Boston to Santiago de los Caballero’s route, the relationships between the airline and its established partners at Cibao International Airport strengthen. We will now be able to satisfy the demand of the numerous Dominicans residing in Boston and its surrounding areas to come visit their families in the Cibao region and to further strengthen our commercial ties to this region,” says engineer Felix Garcia Castellanos, chairman of the board of directors at Cibao International Airport. “This is another great choice on JetBlue’s behalf which joins their already successful New York and Santiago operations.”
JetBlue Airways says it saw a 30 per cent increase in daily departures from Boston in the summer of 2010 compared with 2009. It expects an additional 30 per cent growth in departures from BOS this year as the airline increases from 75 flights per day in 2010 to approximately 100 flights per day in the summer of 2011. In addition to serving many business destinations such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina, JetBlue also offers the most flights from Boston to Florida, the Caribbean and the West Coast.
The airline’s schedule between BOS and PDX will see its daily flight depart BOS at 7:37 p.m. and arrive at PDX at 10:47 p.m. local time. In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight is timed to leave PDX at 11:37 p.m. and to reach BOS at 8:02 a.m. the following morning, local time.
JetBlue’s schedule between BOS and STI calls for its flight to depart BOS on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9:55 a.m. and land at STI at 2:00 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the airline’s flight is timed to leave STI at 2:55 p.m. and touch down at BOS at 6:50 p.m. local time.
The airline will serve both new destinations with Airbus A320s, offering three-by-three all-leather seating, with more than 36 channels of free, live DirecTV programming and more than 100 channels of XM Satellite radio on personal seatback TVs. The airline’s customers also get a first-checked bag free and unlimited, complimentary snacks and drinks.
Customers connecting through Boston on JetBlue from select destinations can connect onwards to Europe and beyond on JetBlue’s partner airlines Aer Lingus and Lufthansa, or to destinations throughout New England with Cape Air.