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Caribbean Star Plans New Puerto Rico Service

JetBlue Announces New Twice-daily Service Between NY and PR Starting May 30th

Caribbean Star Plans New Puerto Rico Service

January 27, 2002
Copyright © 2002
The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- Regional airline Caribbean Star Airlines plans to start new service from Puerto Rico to other Caribbean islands to provide better connections to the United States.

Paul Moreira, Caribbean Star's chief executive, told The Associated Press Saturday that the Antigua-based airline will operate more flights from San Juan's international airport starting in July.

``Our focus now is to bring more tourists to the Caribbean as opposed to simply taking Caribbean nationals outside the region,'' he said.

From Puerto Rico, the airline will offer flights to Antigua, St. Maarten, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tortola, Trinidad, Grenada and Guyana. Its main hubs would be in Barbados and Antigua.

Moreira said the airline plans to employ about 50 people in San Juan and has leased two Dash-8 planes for the expansion and plans to lease two more later this year.

Caribbean Star has established agreements with U.S. carriers to bring passengers from the United States into San Juan because U.S. authorities have restricted how many American cities the airline can serve, Moreira said. He did not identify the airlines with which the company has agreements.

The main airline that serves Puerto Rico is Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines, and its American Eagle subsidiary is often the only airline that residents in the U.S. territory can take to reach other Caribbean islands.

JetBlue Says: 'Hola, San Juan!' Announces New Twice-daily Service Between New York and Puerto Rico Starting May 30

January 31, 2002
Copyright © 2002
BUSINESS WIRE. All Rights Reserved.

NEW YORK -- JetBlue Airways, New York's hometown, low-fare carrier, will introduce new twice-daily service between John F. Kennedy International Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning May 30. JetBlue's regular low fares will range from $129(a) to $299(a) each way, which is up to 52% less than equivalent fares of other airlines serving the route nonstop from either JFK or Newark airports. All fares are discounted $5each way if booked via JetBlue's web site,, by February 28.

"With more than three million Puerto Ricans living in the greater New York metropolitan area and millions more New Yorkers who love to vacation in Puerto Rico, it's no surprise that San Juan ranks as the third most popular destination served from JFK," said David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue. "Now the youngest airline in the U.S. offers the most affordable fares and the friendliest service to the country's oldest, most historic city."

JetBlue will also offer convenient connecting service to San Juan from Buffalo and Rochester, NY, with fares ranging from $169(a) to $399(a) each way, and from LA/Long Beach, Oakland, CA, and Salt Lake City, UT, from $249(a) to $599(a) each way. New York Governor George Pataki said: "In less than two years, JetBlue Airways has grown from an ambitious start-up airline to a major player in the aviation industry, providing a convenient, affordable transportation link throughout New York State -- and now, to Puerto Rico. This new service will make it easier, and less expensive, for so many New Yorkers as they travel to and from Puerto Rico to do business and visit loved ones."

Puerto Rico Governor Sila Maria Calderon said: "Puerto Rico welcomes JetBlue Airways and its passengers to our beautiful Island. A warm world of enchanting beaches, exciting adventures and electrifying nightlife await all those who travel to Puerto Rico."

The airline's daily schedule will be:

New York (JFK) to San Juan (SJU)   San Juan to New York
Depart - Arrive   Depart - Arrive
7:00am - 10:55am   12:10pm - 4:05pm
2:40pm - 6:35pm   7:50pm - 11:45pm

This month, JetBlue won Air Transport World magazine's 2002 "Market Development Award," for its successful first two years of service, and also was named Best Overall Airline by Onboard Services magazine. Last year, the airline ranked first in Conde Nast Traveler's 2001 Business Travel Awards, second in the Best Domestic Airline category in the magazine's 14th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, and number two Best Domestic Airline in the 2001 Zagat Airline Survey. Since launching operations two years ago, JetBlue has served more than four and a half million passengers. The airline flies a fleet of 22 new Airbus A320 aircraft and will take delivery of another 12 new A320s by the end of 2002. All JetBlue aircraft are outfitted with roomy all-leather seats each equipped with free LiveTV satellite television, offering up to 24 channels of DIRECTV programming at every seat.

From its base at John F. Kennedy International Airport, JetBlue flies to: Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, FL; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Long Beach, Ontario and Oakland, CA; Burlington, VT; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA. The airline also serves Fort Lauderdale from Washington, DC.

With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and a Saturday night stay is never required. The airline is offering $5 each way off all fares booked through its web site,, through February 28. For more information, schedules and fares, please visit or call JetBlue reservations at 800/JETBLUE (538-2583). (a) Fares do not include passenger facility charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each way and an International Departure tax of $13.20 each way

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