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The colorful streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. CJ Photo.

JetBlue Is Looking to Double This Nonstop Flight to Puerto Rico

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 29, 2024

JetBlue is seeking to add a second daily low fare nonstop flight between Washington D.C. and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean Journal has learned.

The airline will apply with the U.S. Department of Transportation for slot exemptions in order to double its service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the company confirmed.

“JetBlue looks forward to submitting our application to enhance the connection between Reagan National and our focus city, San Juan, with convenient double-daily low fare roundtrip flights between the two capitals,” said Robert Land, JetBlue’s head of government affairs and associate general counsel. “Puerto Rico, known as ‘La Isla del Encanto,’ relies on air service to maintain and enhance its connection with the mainland United States, and to Washington, D.C. in particular.”

the beach at the caribe hilton
The beach at the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan.

This application is part what JetBlue called a broader initiative to increase connectivity to and from Puerto Rico, including adding more domestic and international destinations.

That includes recently-announced plans to introduce the airline’s Mint premium service between New York and San Juan for the first time, and establishing a pilot and flight attendant crew base in San Juan. 

Additionally, adding a second daily flight on the route would support further connectivity to the U.S. Virgin Islands, including both St. Thomas and new service to St. Croix set to launch in December, as well as to additional destinations in the region, the carrier said.

The airline will average 46 departures per day from Puerto Rico this upcoming winter, more than any other airline.

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