PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES INAUGURAL JETBLUE DAILY DIRECT FLIGHT FROM PUERTO RICO

05/15/2012

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WELCOMES INAUGURAL JETBLUE DAILY DIRECT FLIGHT FROM PUERTO RICO


- San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport flight marks fourth new direct service for PBIA this year alone -


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla (May 15, 2012) -JetBlue Airways today launched the first-ever, year-round, non-stop daily flight between San Juan, Puerto Rico and The Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) in Florida, bringing with it an estimated $7 million in direct economic impact for Palm Beach County, through the approximately 15,000 additional guests staying in hotel rooms. The new service marks the fourth new non-stop flight added to PBIA's daily schedule in 2012, after AirCanada's second Toronto flight, JetBlue's first-ever Hartford/Palm Beach flight, and it's addition of a 16

th daily flight out of New York City metro area.


To kick off this new flight, JetBlue is offering fares as low as $93 each way from Palm Beach County today through May 25, 2012, at www.jetblue.com/new. This introductory fare is valid for travel between May 29 and June 21, 2012 (a). The new service operates with the airline's 150-passenger Airbus A320, departing PBIA at 8:50 a.m., arriving at SJU at 11:20 a.m., and departing SJU at 12:10 p.m., arriving at PBIA at 2:54 p.m., each day.


"JetBlue has been a tremendous airline partner to our destination," said Palm Beach County Director of Airports Bruce Pelly. "We are so pleased to be entering a Caribbean market and know its anticipated success will open even more doors into more markets for PBIA."


"We are thrilled for this opportunity to connect the oldest city under the American Flag with America's First Resort Destination," said Palm Beach County Convention and Visitor's Bureau President and CEO Jorge Pesquera. "The Caribbean and Latin American markets have great potential for us here in The Palm Beaches and Boca Raton, and we are confident that this new service via JetBlue will allow the Puerto Rican community to finally discover the birthplace of tourism in our region and the best way to experience Florida."


"We look forward to continued growth as JetBlue moves into a new home at the airport in San Juan and ensure that we deliver the best experience in the skies every day for our Floridian and Puerto Rican customers," said John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue. "This includes convenience of frequent flights, excellence in customer service and superior product offerings."


Puerto Rico is a growing market for Palm Beach County's tourism industry, due in large part to South Florida's large Puerto Rican population. There are currently roughly 71,000 Puerto Ricans living in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and the northern portion of Broward Counties- the region described as PBIA's "catchment area" - making us a popular destination for the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) travelers from Puerto Rico.


About Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau:

The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Fla. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of $5 billion in the local economy, producing $25 million dollars in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million.


About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is the #1 airline in Puerto Rico; known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) and super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 70 cities with 700 daily flights. Next year, JetBlue plans to introduce service to Dallas Fort-Worth. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, 1-801-365-2583, or visit www.jetblue.com.


(a) Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased for flights between West Palm Beach, FL (PBI) and San Juan, PR (SJU) on Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Sat. only. 14-day advance purchase required. Fare is subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight's scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits apply). Fare does not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees,

click here. $20 fee per person applies to fares (not Award flights) purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $100 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.



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