Orlando International Airport will benefit from up to 200 flights from carrier JetBlue by 2027 after its planned combination with Spirit Airlines.
To celebrate this, the carrier is launching a new daily service to Punta Cana and Santiago, which is scheduled to start in November 2023.
|MCO – PUJ Flight #1077||PUJ – MCO Flight #1078|
|8:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.||1:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
Beginning November 4, 2023
|MCO – STI Flight #1265||STI – MCO Flight #1266|
|1:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.||5:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.|
Beginning November 4, 2023
JetBlue CEO: Establishing JetBlue As A National Low-Fare Carrier of Choice…
Commenting on this news was JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes, who emphasized the importance of Orlando to the carrier:
“We are pleased to share our plans to deliver more growth and more jobs in Central Florida, enabled by Florida’s booming economy, our combination with Spirit, and as part of the growth commitments we agreed to with Florida Attorney General Moody”.
“This growth will establish JetBlue as Orlando’s national low-fare carrier of choice, ensuring customers don’t have to choose between low fares and a great experience.”
Also commenting on the news was Kevin Thibault, the CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority:
“JetBlue’s new daily service to the Dominican Republic is a welcome addition to Orlando International Airport”.
“As an anchor in our innovative Terminal C, JetBlue continues to provide travelers with options to experience desirable destinations, including Orlando, recognized as one of the most visited cities in the U.S.”
“These expanded routes help Orlando International deliver connectivity and strengthen our position as a major economic generator in the region.”
Benefits to the Orlando Area…
Speaking specifically about Orlando, JetBlue said the following in a statement about how the combination with Spirit Airlines would benefit the area:
“The planned combination of JetBlue and Spirit will unlock long-term growth opportunities that would not be possible otherwise, delivering JetBlue’s low-fare, customer-friendly experience on more routes and increasing options in and out of Central Florida.”
“This includes introducing new nonstop service to a number of destinations that would not be viable today.”
“In total, JetBlue would offer flights to approximately 20 markets that are not served by either JetBlue or Spirit from Orlando today and would increase flight frequencies on approximately 25 additional routes.”
“With its increased footprint and relevance in Orlando, JetBlue would also introduce its game-changing Mint premium experience, further raising the bar on transcontinental flights.
“JetBlue estimates its plan would add approximately 350 incremental new airport jobs in the airline’s Orlando operations while also supporting increased economic activity across the region that is anticipated to lead to further job growth.”
“In addition, JetBlue’s no furlough policy ensures that current Spirit team members who wish to stay with the combined airline will have a role with JetBlue.”
It remains clear that JetBlue continues to push ahead with the Spirit merger, despite opposition from the U.S. Department of Justice.
As for the Orlando area, if JetBlue can battle through and make the combination with Spirit Airlines happen, then the 200 daily flights in 2027 from the airport will be a major win in the future.
But for now, all eyes are on JetBlue to see how the new services to the Dominican Republic perform, as well as what the combination looks like in the future.