MIAMI — JetBlue says it has not announced a start date for the new Albany flights, citing comments made instead by airport officials. “We look forward to serving Albany and offering the JetBlue Experience in New York’s capital region. We have not set a start date, and will announce fares, aircraft type and schedules closer to launch,” said a company spokesman.
JetBlue says it will begin flights to Albany, New York, on November 9, 2015. It will operate two daily roundtrip flights — one to Ft. Lauderdale and one to Orlando — with a 100-seat Embraer 190.
Last May, JetBlue originally announced plans to begin flying to the state capital, but at the time, initial dates and routes had not been determined.
Now that JetBlue has announced the dates and routes, Albany, the only major upstate metro city without JetBlue service, is able to breathe a huge sigh of relief, as it has been pushing the airline to serve the airport for many years.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a long-time supporter of jetBlue, explained in a statement: “Capital Region travelers have been clamoring for JetBlue for years and I am thrilled that the airline is getting ready to launch its much-anticipated service between Albany and Florida. I’ve pushed JetBlue for close to 15 years to fly to Albany and I am confident that this is the start of a beautiful friendship between the capital region and JetBlue.”
Now that JetBlue has confirmed its launch plans, Albany is now focused on approaching Air Canada, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines to start serving the city.