ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today continues to expand in the Sunshine State with the addition of nonstop service between Orlando and three cities in the Northeast — Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and Portland, ME. With these convenient new flights, JetBlue now offers its unique brand of low-fare service to 15 nonstop destinations from Orlando International Airport. JetBlue will fly once-daily between Orlando and both Buffalo and Rochester beginning Nov. 15, 2007 and once-daily between Orlando and Portland, ME beginning Jan. 10, 2008. To celebrate its new routes, the award-winning airline is offering a sale fare of $69(a) each way to Buffalo and $79(a) each way to Rochester and Portland.
"Today we’re proud to add nonstop flights from Buffalo, Rochester and Portland to Orlando just in time for snowbird season," said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning. "The customer response to our low-fare service in all three Northeast cities has been tremendous, so it just makes sense to offer more of the low-fare service our customers have been asking for."
Customers prefer JetBlue for its low fares, generous and complimentary name-brand snacks and its comfy leather seats. The low-cost carrier is home to the most legroom in coach and the most free live programming of any only airline — 36 channels of DIRECTV(r) service plus more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio.
"Today’s news is a grand slam for JetBlue and Rochester and Buffalo area residents," said Senator Charles Schumer. "JetBlue has stepped up to the plate to make efficient and affordable air service a reality for travelers across the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions, and local residents have once again proven a basic law of economics: when you offer top-shelf service at an affordable price, people scoop it up."
"This is a great victory for Western New Yorkers. This new low cost air service will give a big boost to the local economy in Western New York," said Senator Hillary Clinton. "Buffalo and Rochester and the Western New York region have so much to offer, and we should be doing everything we can to make it easier for people to visit and conduct business in the region. I am pleased that JetBlue has selected these cities for direct routes to Orlando and I hope these flights will give everyone more choices and more opportunities for travel and business."
"I’m pleased to hear JetBlue is making a further commitment to Maine by increasing the daily trips out of the Portland International Jetport," said Senator Olympia Snowe. "Additional air service to and from Portland will only help our local economy and increase access to our wonderful state."
"This is an exciting announcement coming from a great company," Representative Louise Slaughter said. "JetBlue is a terrific member of our Western New York community, and I am pleased they are adding new flight service between Orlando and Rochester as well as new nonstop service to Buffalo. I look forward to offering JetBlue my continued support as it reaches an ever greater number of travelers."
"The Greater Rochester International Airport is thrilled to welcome JetBlue Airways’ new nonstop service to Orlando," said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. "This is more good news for area travelers. Thanks to the addition of low-fare carriers like JetBlue Airways, our airport has experienced record growth and continues to attract affordable service to major cities."
"We’re thrilled JetBlue is offering three more nonstop flights serving Metro Orlando," said Ray Gilley, President and CEO, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. "Each time JetBlue opens another direct link, it helps create new business opportunities between the areas, in addition to saving time, money and productivity."
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