JetBlue Airways is launching twice-daily service from San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to St. Thomas and daily service to St. Croix on...

JetBlue Airways is launching twice-daily service from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) to St. Thomas and daily service to St. Croix on December 12, 2011, three days earlier than originally scheduled.

St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King Airport (STT) and St Croix’ Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) represent JetBlue Airways’ 69th and 70th destinations respectively.


Customers can book introductory fares through 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 23 at www.jetblue.com/new, where one-way flights are available from $39 plus taxes for travel through February 15, 2012.

Additionally, JetBlue Airways’ inaugural service between Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and St. Thomas will operate for the winter season with five weekly departures beginning December 15, 2011 and will operate nonstop on the southbound flight and direct via San Juan on the northbound flight to Boston.

To mark the launch of the airline’s new service to the U.S. Virgin Islands, customers booking travel through September 30, 2011 to St. Thomas or St. Croix from Boston, San Juan or via connecting service from New York JFK can also receive $50 off any JetBlue Getaways vacation package by using promotion code USVI50 at check-out. Travel must take place from December 12, 2011 through February 15, 2012.

This is an unusual close-up shot of a JetBlue Airways Embraer 190 from the underside of its wing

JetBlue’s schedule between San Juan and St. Thomas from December 12 will see the carrier’s first daily flight depart SJU at 8:25 a.m. and land at STT at 8:53 a.m. The airline’s second daily flight will leave SJU at 3:15 p.m. and arrive at STT at 3:43 p.m.

In the other direction, JetBlue Airways’ first flight is timed to leave STT at 9:30 a.m. and to reach SJU at 9:59 a.m. The carrier’s second daily flight is scheduled to depart STT at 5:30 p.m. and to touch down at SJU at 5:59 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between San Juan and St. Croix from December 12 calls for its daily flight to push back from the gate at SJU at 2:25 p.m. and to get to STX at 3:00 p.m. In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight is timed to leave STX at 4:04 p.m. and to reach SJU at 4:44 p.m.

From December 15, JetBlue’s schedule between Boston Logan International Airport and St. Thomas will see its five-times-weekly flight depart BOS at 9:20 a.m. and land at STT at 2:28 p.m. local time. In the other direction, the airline’s flight is timed to leave STT at 3:20 p.m. and, after making an intermediate stop at SJU, arrive at BOS at 7:25 p.m. local time.

JetBlue says it offers more seats and more capacity (available seat miles) to and from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico than any other airline. Over the past year, JetBlue has grown its capacity 38 per cent at Puerto Rico and now offers more than 30 daily departures.

The carrier has started new service from San Juan to Tampa and Jacksonville, announced service to St. Maarten, and increased Boston service from two daily flights to four daily flights, bringing 35 daily flights to the island this summer. Later in the year the airline will increase service on the route between San Juan and Santo Domingo from three to five daily flights.

JetBlue will operate its flights from San Juan to St. Thomas and St. Croix with 100-seat Embraer 190s, while its flights from Boston will be operated by Airbus A320s.

In Puerto Rico, JetBlue serves San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce, with service to 10 non-stop destinations.  In the continental U.S., the carrier serves New York, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa from the Commonwealth; within the Caribbean the carrier serves Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Croix.

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