JetBlue announces fifth Dominican destination


NEW YORK – New York’s hometown airline, JetBlue Airways, today is pleased to announce plans to expand its award-winning service and in-flight experience to its fifth destination in the Dominican Republic and its 67th BlueCity with the addition of La Romana, subject to receipt of government approval.

Effective November 16, 2011, the value carrier will launch between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to La Romana International Airport (LRM), twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“The Dominican community has embraced JetBlue’s value proposition, and thanks to their tremendous support we’re pleased to offer the island’s only nonstop service between New York and La Romana,” said Scott Laurence, vice president of network planning for JetBlue. “We are the country’s largest carrier, and we will continue to grow by adding more options and more destinations for visitors and residents of the Dominican Republic alike.”

“The new JetBlue flights put the beautiful and romantic La Romana area within a few hours of a major U.S. city,” said Magaly Toribio, DR Ministry of Tourism, Vice Minister of International Promotion. “The Dominican Republic’s long-term commitment to innovative marketing has firmly established our culturally rich paradise in the hearts and minds of global travelers who seek sensational sun, azure blue seas and sumptuous and affordable world-class hotels. Our country’s increasing popularity with U.S. visitors allows our airline partners to increase their flights to meet the growing demand for our warm and welcoming island nation.”

“As many of our hotel guests and villa owners reside in the northeast of the US, we are very excited about this new service JetBlue will be providing,” said Claudio Silvestri, President and CEO of Premier Resorts & Hotels, which manages the famed Casa de Campo resort in La Romana. “The high quality individual experience received by JetBlue passengers will mirror the Caribbean experience at Casa de Campo for a most memorable vacation.”

JetBlue’s proposed schedule between JFK and LRM:


Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive

8:36 a.m. – 1:31 p.m.
2:26 p.m. – 5:26 p.m.

– Flights operate on Wednesday and Saturday effective November 16, 2011-

In the Dominican Republic, JetBlue also serves Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo with service to New York, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue’s service to La Romana will be operated with the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring convenient, assigned seating; a first-checked bag free (b); complimentary and unlimited name brand snacks and drinks; comfy leather seats; more legroom than any other carrier in coach (c); and its award-winning customer service.