CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 6, 2014) – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced plans to expand its operation at Charleston International Airport this summer with new nonstop service to Washington, D.C. Beginning June 19, 2014, JetBlue plans to offer two daily year-round flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), the capital’s popular downtown airport.
Schedule for JetBlue’s New Daily Service to Washington
Charleston (CHS) – Washington (DCA)
7:25 a.m. – 8:52 a.m.
2:35 p.m. – 4:04 p.m.
Washington (DCA) – Charleston (CHS)
12:20 p.m. - 1:53 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:06 p.m.
Service begins June 19, 2014; schedule varies slightly on Saturdays.
To celebrate its growth, JetBlue is offering introductory sale fares starting as low as $44(a) one-way, including taxes and fees, between Charleston and Washington (DCA) for mid-week travel between June 24 and July 30, 2014. These special fares are available for purchase today only, March 6, 2014.
With the addition of flights to Washington, JetBlue will soon offer Charleston travelers five daily departures, including two daily flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and one daily flight to Boston Logan International Airport. From Boston, New York, and Washington, Charleston travelers may connect onward to a host of other destinations in JetBlue’s 84-city – and growing – route network.
“Just last week we celebrated our first year of serving the Charleston market, and it has been a terrific success for JetBlue,” said Scott Laurence, the airline’s vice president of network planning. “Thanks to the strong support of the local community we’re pleased to be growing in Charleston and look forward to bringing down fares to the nation’s capital, just as we’ve done to other cities we serve from Charleston.”
“JetBlue’s two new flights will provide easier access and lower fares for travel between the mid-Atlantic region and the Lowcountry,” said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “I very much appreciate JetBlue’s commitment to the traveling public and the Charleston area.”
“I am excited to learn that JetBlue will be providing direct flights from Charleston to Washington, D.C. in the near future,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina. “New connections like these say the obvious – more people each day want to come to Charleston! In that regard, this is ultimately a compliment to the people of the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the hospitality we offer. So for both the economic impact and the connection, I join with others in complimenting JetBlue.”
"One year ago, JetBlue brought its award-winning service to Charleston with daily nonstops to New York and Boston. The JetBlue service has been overwhelmingly embraced by Charleston's residents and visitors alike. The new flights to Washington, D.C. are a great asset for both leisure and corporate travel," said Andrew Savage, Chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
Frank Fredericks, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau added, "The hospitality industry is delighted that JetBlue has added a third city with direct, nonstop flights to Charleston. Just as more people are discovering the charms of Charleston, JetBlue is helping make travel to our destination easier and more affordable than ever before. We are delighted to be in partnership with this progressive airline."
Charleston is one of a handful of new destinations JetBlue is adding at Reagan National this year following its recent acquisition of additional take-off and landing rights through the American Airlines-US Airways divestiture proceedings. Other new DCA destinations announced today are Hartford, Conn., and Nassau, Bahamas (subject to receipt of government operating authority). JetBlue is also expanding its existing service between Washington and Tampa, Fla. Additional new routes from Washington will be announced later this year.
JetBlue has successfully carved out a niche among competitors by focusing on serving the customer who is under-served by other airlines and by delivering unparalleled value to travelers with its core product offerings. JetBlue has also been cited by an independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the low-cost carrier that lowered fares the most when it began service in a new U.S. market in 2012. The JetBlue Effect, MIT says, lowered fares $32 one way on average (b).
JetBlue’s new flights will be operated with the 100-seat EMBRAER 190 jet, featuring spacious two-by-two seating, the most legroom in coach (c), seatback entertainment including 36 channels of free DIRECTV® programming and more than 100 channels of free SiriusXM® satellite radio (d), unlimited free snacks and soft drinks, and JetBlue’s acclaimed in-flight customer service. With JetBlue, customers can also enjoy a first checked bag free of charge (e).
About JetBlue Airways JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 84 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with an average of 800 daily flights. New service to Detroit will begin on March 10, 2014. JetBlue was the first U.S. airline to allow customers to use their personal electronic devices throughout all domestic flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, an overnight stay is never required and the first checked bag is free (subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines). For more information please visit JetBlue.com.
(a) Fare Restrictions: Fare includes government taxes/fees and must be purchased on 3/6/14 (the earlier of 11:59 PM ET or local) for flights on Tuesday and Wednesday only between 6/24/14 and 7/30/14 from Washington, DC (DCA) to Charleston, SC (CHS). 21-day advance purchase required. Fare subject to availability; may not be available on all flights; may change without notice; must be purchased at time of reservation; and is one-way, nonstop, nonrefundable and nontransferable. Reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s scheduled departure may be canceled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. First checked bag is free (weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marked or operated by other airlines apply). Fare does not include fees for oversized/overweight/extra baggage or other fees for products/services sold separately. To view baggage fees and other optional services and fees, click here. $25 fee per person applies to fares purchased by phone or at an airport or ticket office. Cancellations/changes must be made prior to scheduled departure (otherwise all money for fare is forfeited); $150 change/cancel fee per person will apply, and for changes, there may be a fare adjustment. Cancellations receive JetBlue travel credit, valid for one year. Proper documentation required for boarding. Other restrictions apply.
(b) Based on MIT report “Evolving Trends of U.S. Domestic Airfares: The Impacts of Competition, Consolidation and Low-Cost Carriers,” August 2013, available at http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/79878
(c) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
(d) DIRECTV® and SiriusXM® satellite radio service are not available on flights outside the contiguous United States.
(e) Free first bag subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines.