MIAMI — JetBlue is starting today two new flights to Nashville with two daily frequencies from Boston Logan and one daily flight from Fort Lauderdale.
“We are delighted to welcome them to Nashville International Airport and introduce their service to Boston and Fort Lauderdale. The Airport Authority is working constantly to bring more nonstop service and new destinations to Nashville and Middle Tennessee to better serve our growing region and visitors,” said Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO in a press release.
Plans to fly to Nashville were announced in 2015. It is a key destination as the airline grows its nonstop destinations and daily flights in both its Boston and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood focus cities. In Boston the airline will reach 140 daily flights this month and is on track to surpass 150 daily flights next year.
The Nashville service is also among several new routes the airline is adding at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this year as it works to increase its presence to 100 daily flights. This year, JetBlue launched flight to Quito, Ecuador, on February 25 and on April 28 it added service to Barbados. In the coming months, the carrier plans to add San Diego on June 16 and New Orleans on September 29.
The incursion of JetBlue in Nashville—a market largely dominated by Southwest Airlines—comes as the last episode of a heated competition between both carriers. Last year, Southwest Airlines transported 6.4 million passengers, equivalent to 56.9% of the total number of travelers in and out Nashville.