SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – JetBlue Airways, the Commonwealth’s largest carrier, today proudly announces it has reached an agreement with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority to move its operation in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to Terminal A from Terminal C. The move, scheduled for the end of May, will allow the airline to operate within the new and larger facilities with additional counter space and gates. The move will also allow JetBlue to efficiently accommodate its future growth at the Luis Munoz Marin Airport.
“We’re always looking for state-of-the-art facilities that allow us to deliver the same great experience we do in the air, on the ground,” said Rich Smyth, vice president of corporate real estate for JetBlue Airways. “The brand-new Terminal A, right next door to where we are now, will greatly improve our customers’ experience while accommodating our projected growth over the next decade.”
“We support and welcome JetBlue’s commitment for growth in Puerto Rico. JetBlue is definitely a trend-setter and we will continue to work with them to facilitate their growth and provide world-class service to travelers at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport,” indicated the Governor of Puerto Rico, Hon. Luis G. Fortuno. “JetBlue’s move into Terminal A and their announcement of route expansions last year are both very good news for our tourist sector and consistent with the economic policies of our Administration.”
Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) also expressed satisfaction and will work closely with JetBlue in order to reach the late May deadline. Mr. Bernardo Vazquez, executive director of PRPA, added, “It was time to put Terminal A into use, and there is no other better alternative than to allow the fastest growing airline in Puerto Rico to occupy this facility. JetBlue’s move into Terminal A makes sense for everyone; not only will it allow the accommodation of the growth of JetBlue for years to come, but also allow for effective utilization of airport space. We will continue to work with JetBlue to facilitate its transition and avoid disruption to travelers.”
JetBlue will be able to increase its gate positions and counter space to better serve its customers. It will also feature modern technology including a TSA In-line Baggage System and an advanced ticketing office created and operated by JetBlue. The carrier’s international flights will continue to arrive at Terminal C.
JetBlue started flying to Puerto Rico nearly 10 years ago, on May 30, 2002. Today, JetBlue serves San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce with service to 11 non-stop destinations, including seven within the continental US (Boston, Hartford, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa) and four within the Caribbean (Santo Domingo, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and St. Croix). On all flights, the carrier provides award-winning service featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free; complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (c). JetBlue will continue its growth in Puerto Rico when it begins new service from San Juan to Newark, beginning on April 25, 2012 and to West Palm Beach, beginning May 15, 2012. Further, the carrier recently filed with the United States Department of Transportation a “capital-to-capital” application for a slot exemption to launch new nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico.