JetBlue will inaugurate two new routes from Puerto Rico this summer, bringing additional low-fare services to “La Isla del Encanto”.
Following the service inaugurations JetBlue will then offer a year-round service on the two routes. The first route will operate from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina.
The second service is planned to operate from Rafael Hernández International Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida.
“As the largest airline in Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to continue diversifying our network and to further grow JetBlue’s presence on the island with the addition of these two new routes,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue.
21 years of operations
The announcement of the two new routes coincides with JetBlue’s 21st anniversary of service in San Juan.
In Puerto Rico, JetBlue currently offers service in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce, operating an average of 35 departures from Puerto Rico per day.
With the introduction of Raleigh, JetBlue will now offer service between Puerto Rico and 12 cities in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
The planned combination of JetBlue and Spirit will further unlock long-term growth opportunities in Puerto Rico that would not be otherwise possible, offering more options for customers traveling to and from the island.
Puerto Rico tourism
There is historically significant tourist traffic between the United States and Puerto Rico, which is a territory of the United States.
According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, approximately 3.4 million visitors from the United States arrived in Puerto Rico in 2019, making up the majority of the island’s tourist traffic.
Additionally, Puerto Rico is a popular destination for Puerto Rican Americans who have family ties to the island and often visit to connect with their cultural heritage.
“We’re excited about the news of additional JetBlue direct flights between Puerto Rico and the US mainland. These two new flights will help us to continue on the path of growth in our tourism sector. We look forward to building on JetBlue’s success in Puerto Rico,” said the governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi.
“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is thrilled to announce along with our partner, JetBlue, the incorporation of these new routes,” said executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Carlos Mercado Santiago.
“The expanded network connects two of Puerto Rico’s main airports to key markets in the continental United States providing travelers with even more options to explore and enjoy the diversity available on the island.”
“We value the longstanding alliance between the Government of Puerto Rico and JetBlue, and look forward to continue providing excellence in the visitor experience, and increasing Tourism’s contribution to local economies,” he concluded.
San Juan Growth
JetBlue is further advancing its focus city strategy in San Juan. New service between San Juan (SJU) and Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) will take off on July 5, 2023.
With this new route JetBlue will now operate service between San Juan and 12 nonstop destinations and will offer an average of 30 departures per day from San Juan.