JetBlue begins service to its first South American destination


ORLANDO, FL – JetBlue Airways today begins Orlando’s first and only nonstop daily service to El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia’s beautiful cosmopolitan capital city. Flights will originate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, providing convenient one-stop, same-plane service between Bogota and New York. Colombians traveling through Orlando will have seamless connections to 17 other cities including Boston, Newark, and Washington.

Beginning Sunday, February 1, the New York-based carrier will continue its expansion plans in Latin America and the Caribbean from Central Florida with daily nonstop service to Nassau, Bahamas. Daily service to San Jose, Costa Rica will also begin March 26, 2009, subject to receipt of Costa Rican government operating authority.

“JetBlue remains committed to growing our Latin American and Caribbean destinations in 2009, and we are thrilled to continue our expansion in Orlando, providing residents with the first and only nonstop daily service to Bogota, the thriving business and cultural center of Colombia,” said JetBlue’s chief executive officer, Dave Barger. “Central Floridians continue to give JetBlue the ability to offer more destinations, including direct flights to new international cities like Bogota, Nassau, and San Jose, and more value when they travel.”

“Orlando is excited to have new, nonstop service to Colombia, and we salute JetBlue for continuing to help our city grow, provide much needed jobs, and connect with the world,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

“We welcome this first scheduled non-stop service to Colombia by JetBlue Airways. This new gateway to Bogota, the capital, has been a target market for our community for many years and will offer new opportunities for both business and leisure travelers,” says Steve Gardner, executive director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.