Airline, Gov. Pataki and Port Authority Agree on 5-Year, $60M Lease
New York, NY, 07/30/2001 -- The new lease allows JetBlue to grow from six to 10 gates at Terminal 6, doubling the carrier's potential operations. JetBlue will operate 100 daily flights by the end of 2001. The agreement enables the airline to grow its service to approximately 200 daily flights at JFK by the end of 2003.
Also, the Port Authority and JetBlue are making more than $12 million worth of improvements to Terminal 6 - including wider access roads, new ticket counters, refurbished restrooms, new baggage systems and enhanced shops and restaurants. JetBlue plans to take operational control of Terminal 6 on November 1, 2001, once a definitive lease document is in place.
"In less than two years, JetBlue Airways has grown from an ambitious start-up airline to a major player in the aviation industry - providing a convenient, affordable transportation link between New York City and upstate New York, in addition to new service across the country," Governor Pataki said. "This agreement enhances JetBlue's long-term commitment to its hub at Kennedy Airport, benefiting travelers throughout New York City and New York State."
Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin said, "JetBlue is a vital partner in the Port Authority's unprecedented $10.3 billion public-private redevelopment program that is rebuilding virtually all of Kennedy Airport. JetBlue's phenomenal success clearly demonstrates that the traveling public is reacting favorably to JFK's rebirth."
"Through the efforts of the Governor and the Port Authority, this lease agreement and the new Terminal 6 to be built at JFK will enable JetBlue to continue and enhance air service to upstate New York and throughout the country, strengthening our position as New York's hometown, low-fare airline," said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airways.
JetBlue has carried nearly 3 million passengers since launching in February 2000 and has grown to become JFK's 5th busiest airline, currently operating 80 flights a day with a fleet of 15 brand new, environmentally friendly Airbus A320 aircraft. From its base at JFK, JetBlue flies six times daily to Fort Lauderdale, FL; five times daily to Buffalo and Rochester, NY; four times daily to Orlando, FL; three times daily to Tampa, FL and Syracuse, NY; twice daily to New Orleans, LA, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Los Angeles/Ontario, CA, West Palm Beach, FL and Burlington, VT; and daily to Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO and Fort Myers, FL. Twice daily service between JFK and Los Angeles' Long Beach Airport begins August 29. On October 8, JetBlue commences daily service from Washington Dulles to both Long Beach and Oakland.
JetBlue was voted the #2 domestic airline for comfort and service in the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey and recently received top ranking (A grade) in an online survey by PlanetFeedback.com. JetBlue will take delivery of another six new Airbus A320 aircraft through 2001 outfitted with roomy all-leather seats, each equipped with LiveTV offering 24-channel satellite television. LiveTV is available free of charge to all JetBlue passengers.
With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline currently offers $2 each way off all fares booked through its web site, www.jetblue.com. For more information, schedules, and fares, please visit www.jetblue.com or call JetBlue reservations at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583).
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