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MIAMI — JetBlue Airways will launch daily flights between Daytona Beach, Florida, and New York JFK Airport with an Airbus A320 starting in February 2016. Daytona will become JetBlue’s eighth destination in Florida and the city’s only nonstop service to New York.

JetBlue’s announcement is a big sigh of relief and a celebration for Volusia County, which has been trying to recruit the carrier for several years. There have been dozens of face-to-face visits between airline officials, airport staff and local business leaders, and 30 local business have pledged guarantees of $250,000 in pre-paid airline tickets for the first year of service in a travel bank managed by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The airport is offering an incentive of $400,000 in advertising, with the costs shared by the airport, the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority and the West Volusia Advertising Authority.

Other New York City Attempts


Although this will be Daytona’s only nonstop service to New York City, it will not be the first time that an airline has attempted to serve the market. Continental Airlines offered daily nonstop flights between Daytona Beach and Newark for close to 18 years, but the airline cut the flights when the 2008 recession occurred.  AirTran AIrways launched daily service to New York JFK AIrport in March 2008, but eventually ended it.

Delta Air Lines attempted to fly Saturday-only seasonal flights between New York LaGuardia and Daytona Beach with an Embraer E170/175 when it was first known that the airport and JetBlue entered talks about possibly starting flights. Unfortunately for Delta and the airport, it was difficult to make the flights work, and the service was subsequently cancelled.

A Sigh of Relief


“This is great news for this community and our airport. This is the result of the community’s support that County Council has received to recruit JetBlue as an important new business partner at Daytona Beach International Airport,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia’s county manager in a press release.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch yet another route that shows our deep commitment to Central Florida,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s senior vice president of airline planning in the release. “We also have a long-standing relationship with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and are pleased to give the academic community there a new option for travel.”

The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s hub in New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with the airline for aspiring aviators.

“This new route will provide a much needed service for our growing community and strengthen an already great relationship between Embry-Riddle and JetBlue,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, president of Embry-Riddle in a statement.

The airport is currently served by Delta and US Airways/American Airlines. Will JetBlue be able to survive on the route? Many are optimistic. Plus, JetBlue will inaugurate flights just before the Daytona 500 and the spring break season.

 

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown Airline™, will launch a new route to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) in February 2016. The airline will offer daily service from its home at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) Terminal 5 — providing the Daytona Beach area with its only nonstop service to New York City. Daytona Beach will be JetBlue’s eighth in the Sunshine State. Tickets will be available for sale closer to launch date.

“This is great news for this community and our airport. This is the result of the community’s support that County Council has received to recruit JetBlue as an important new business partner at Daytona Beach International Airport,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia County Manager.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch yet another route that shows our deep commitment to Central Florida,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s Senior Vice President of Airline Planning. “We also have a long-standing relationship with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and are pleased to give the academic community there a new option for travel.”

The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s main base of operations in New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with the airline for aspiring aviators.

“This new route will provide a much needed service for our growing community and strengthen an already great relationship between Embry-Riddle and JetBlue,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, President of Embry-Riddle.

JetBlue’s flights to Daytona Beach will be operated on a 150-seat Airbus A320 — the largest aircraft to serve the airport on a regular basis — and will offer the airline’s award-winning service featuring assigned and comfortable seating; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks; more than 100 channels of free SIRIUSXM® radio programming and 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV® programming on personal seatback televisions; and the most legroom in coach. (a)

Customers traveling between Daytona Beach and New York can enjoy onward connections to several cities in the Northeast with JetBlue as well as cities across the globe through JetBlue’s three-dozen international airline partners.

– See more at: http://otp.investis.com/clients/us/jetblue_airways/usn/usnews-story.aspx?cid=981&newsid=28632#sthash.JIecwbd6.dpuf

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown Airline™, will launch a new route to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) in February 2016. The airline will offer daily service from its home at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) Terminal 5 — providing the Daytona Beach area with its only nonstop service to New York City. Daytona Beach will be JetBlue’s eighth in the Sunshine State. Tickets will be available for sale closer to launch date.

“This is great news for this community and our airport. This is the result of the community’s support that County Council has received to recruit JetBlue as an important new business partner at Daytona Beach International Airport,” said Jim Dinneen, Volusia County Manager.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch yet another route that shows our deep commitment to Central Florida,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s Senior Vice President of Airline Planning. “We also have a long-standing relationship with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and are pleased to give the academic community there a new option for travel.”

The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s main base of operations in New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with the airline for aspiring aviators.

“This new route will provide a much needed service for our growing community and strengthen an already great relationship between Embry-Riddle and JetBlue,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, President of Embry-Riddle.

JetBlue’s flights to Daytona Beach will be operated on a 150-seat Airbus A320 — the largest aircraft to serve the airport on a regular basis — and will offer the airline’s award-winning service featuring assigned and comfortable seating; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks; more than 100 channels of free SIRIUSXM® radio programming and 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV® programming on personal seatback televisions; and the most legroom in coach. (a)

Customers traveling between Daytona Beach and New York can enjoy onward connections to several cities in the Northeast with JetBlue as well as cities across the globe through JetBlue’s three-dozen international airline partners.

– See more at: http://otp.investis.com/clients/us/jetblue_airways/usn/usnews-story.aspx?cid=981&newsid=28632#sthash.JIecwbd6.dpuf