MIAMI — JetBlue will begin flying twice-daily nonstop jet service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) on October 29, 2014.
The carrier will also launch new flights from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG); Las Vegas, Nev. (LAS) and Pittsburgh, Penn. (PIT) on the same day.
JetBlue’s first flight between For Lauderdale and Jacksonville will mark JetBlue’s first intra-Florida route.
The airline continues to build up its presence in Fort Lauderdale. By October 29, the carrier will offer up to 80 daily departures and 33 nonstop destinations from South Florida. By 2017, the carrier has committed to adding 100 daily departures to the South Florida Airport.
“We are pleased to announce our 33rd destination from our fast growing South Florida focus city,” said Dave Clark, Vice President, Network Planning, JetBlue Airways. “This new route will provide business and leisure travelers with affordable and award-winning non-stop full-size jet service between these two vibrant cities. Additionally, Jacksonville customers will now have the ability to conveniently connect in Fort Lauderdale to destinations throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.”
-Flights depart Fort Lauderdale at 7:00 AM and 4:15 PM for Jacksonville, arriving one hour and 14 minutes later.*
-Flights depart Jacksonville at 8:50 AM and 6:10 PM for Fort Lauderdale, arriving one hour and 14 minutes later.*
JetBlue’s new Fort Lauderdale-Jacksonville flight will be operated by a 100-seat Embraer E190 jet fleet featuring “JetBlue’s award-winning service and convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free; complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and non-alcoholic/soft drinks; comfy leather seats; free first-run movies on seatback televisions; and more legroom than any other carrier in coach.”
JetBlue currently connects Jacksonville to Boston and New York JFK, along with seasonal service to San Juan.
JAX-FLL Route Changes
Currently, Southwest Airlines is the only carrier flying the route, though it will discontinue the service on November 1, 2014.
JetBlue’s announcement comes one day after Silver Airlines planned to launch flights between these two cities August 19. The carrier plans to start with up to three flights per day and increase to as many as six flights daily on November 2. Silver is offering special introductory fares between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville from $79 one-way which is $10 more than JetBlue’s.