Top Boston airline JetBlue has announced that it will add more flights on 12 popular routes starting this summer and also expand hourly service into Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area.
The company, in its next phase of growth, is aiming for 200 daily departures in the coming years.
Marty St. George, the executive vice president, and chief commercial officer at JetBlue, said that the airline started building up Boston operation over 15 years ago, long before other airlines recognized needs of New England’s travelers.
“The growth set for this year underscores our ongoing commitment to growth in Boston and introducing our award-winning service to even more travelers in the years ahead,” said George.
Enhanced schedules between Boston and business markets like Washington and New York City will be launched by the airline in view of increasing travel demand for services from these two cities. Four additional daily flights between Logan and D.C.’s Reagan National Airport will be added, as well.
The weekday services will be offered from 6:00 a.m. through 9:30 p.m. between New England and Washington, D.C. Hourly weekday service between Boston and the New York metro area will also be introduced by the airline.
JetBlue began operating in Boston in 2004. In the first year, the airline had only 30 crewmembers and 4,500 flights. Then it entered the New England market with its low-fare airline, offering nonstop services for Logan travelers.
JetBlue has since grown with a rich portfolio of agreements with other international carriers at Logan connecting customers to several destinations worldwide. JetBlue partners like Emirates, El Al, Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways connect travelers to cities around the world.