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MIAMI — JetBlue today announced plans to grow its Boston focus city presence by more than 40 percent, taking to 200 the number of peak day departures, and adding its 63rd destination with five daily flights to Atlanta.

Flights between Boston and Atlanta will begin March 30, 2017 will be operated by Airbus A320-200s, and compete head-to-head with Delta Air Lines and Southwest on the route.


“Boston travelers have spoken, and we are listening by adding Atlanta to our route map and expanding our operation to 200 peak day departures,” Marty St. George, JetBlue’s commercial and planning, chief, says in a statement. “After decades of being underserved by high-fare legacy carriers, Boston has an airline that is committed to offering the best service and most nonstop destinations of any other airline.”

Currently JetBlue dominates the Boston market with roughly 30% of the market share. Last year, the carrier carrier 8,1 million passengers through Logan International Airport.

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“We are excited to welcome JetBlue to Atlanta,” interim airport general manager Roosevelt Council, Jr. said. “This newest addition to our list of carriers will provide additional choice for our passengers and further increase competition at the world’s most traveled airport.”

JetBlue also intends to add service between Atlanta and its focus cities of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, New York JFK, and Orlando.