JetBlue Airways named (28-Jun-2012) San Juanas the sixth focus city in JetBlue's 71-city network. The announcement was made at the ribbon-cutting ceremony held in celebration of JetBlue Airways' new home at Terminal A in San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G Fortuno said, "JetBlue has shown consistent growth, securing the most number of seats throughout the Island. Last year alone, JetBlue moved a total of 2,128,265 passengers and, at its peak, has 45 flights from Puerto Rico's three principal airports, 38 of which are served from San Juan." San Juan joins Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando as the sixth focus city in JetBlue's network. In Puerto Rico, JetBlue currently serves Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan, with service to 13 non-stop destinations, nine within the continental US: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Jacksonville, New York, Newark, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach and; four within the Caribbean: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St Croix. The airline has announced it will commence the only direct non-stop to Washington Reagan National Airport, its 14th city out of San Juan, on 23-Aug-2012. [more - original PR]
JetBlue names San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the 6th focus city in its 71-city network
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