JetBlue Airways has reached an agreement with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) to move its sizable U.S. domestic operation at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to Terminal A from Terminal C.
The move, scheduled for the end of May, will allow the airline to operate in new and larger facilities, with additional counter space and gates. The move will also allow JetBlue to accommodate its future growth at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport efficiently, according to the carrier.
“We’re always looking for state-of-the-art facilities that allow us to deliver the same great experience we do in the air, on the ground,” says Rich Smyth, vice president of corporate real estate for JetBlue Airways. “The brand-new Terminal A, right next door to where we are now, will greatly improve our customers’ experience while accommodating our projected growth over the next decade.”
“We support and welcome JetBlue’s commitment for growth in Puerto Rico. JetBlue is definitely a trend-setter and we will continue to work with them to facilitate their growth and provide world-class service to travelers at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport,” says the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Luis Fortuno. “JetBlue’s move into Terminal A and their announcement of route expansions last year are both very good news for our tourist sector and consistent with the economic policies of our Administration.”
Bernardo Vazquez, executive director of the PRPA, says: “It was time to put Terminal A into use, and there is no other better alternative than to allow the fastest-growing airline in Puerto Rico to occupy this facility. JetBlue’s move into Terminal A makes sense for everyone; not only will it allow the accommodation of the growth of JetBlue for years to come, but also allow for effective utilization of airport space. We will continue to work with JetBlue to facilitate its transition and avoid disruption to travelers.”
JetBlue says it will be able to increase its gate positions and counter space to serve its customers better. The terminal features modern technology, including a TSA In-line Baggage System and an advanced ticketing office created and operated by JetBlue.
The carrier’s international flights will continue to arrive at Terminal C.
JetBlue Airways started flying to Puerto Rico nearly 10 years ago, on May 30, 2002. Today, JetBlue serves San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce with service to 11 non-stop destinations, including seven within the continental US (Boston, Hartford, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa) and four within the Caribbean (Santo Domingo, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Croix).
The Santo Domingo and St. Maarten flights are considered international flights.
JetBlue Airways will continue its growth in Puerto Rico when it begins new service from San Juan to Newark on April 25 and to West Palm Beach on May 15.
Additionally, JetBlue Airways applied on March 12 to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a “capital-to-capital” slot exemption to launch new non-stop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Juan.