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Inaugural Flight of JetBlue Airways Celebrated at Pittsburgh International Airport

Onorato and Airport Authority Officials Celebrate Inaugural Flight of JetBlue Airways at Pittsburgh International Airport

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Allegheny County Airport Authority Board Chairman Glenn Mahone today welcomed JetBlue Airways to Pittsburgh International Airport during a celebration for its inaugural flight. JetBlue begins its Pittsburgh service with four flights a day to New York JFK and two flights a day to Boston Logan.

“Ensuring the long-term success of Pittsburgh International Airport has been one of the top priorities of my administration. Working with the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Regional Air Service Partnership, we have brought new low cost carriers, new jobs and new business developments to the Airport," said Onorato. “Today, I am thrilled to add to our list of successes by announcing the start of JetBlue flight service at Pittsburgh International Airport. This is another significant step forward for our Airport and our region.”

JetBlue’s arrival into the Pittsburgh market will provide tremendous opportunities for travelers from the region. The new flight service will open up competition for two of Pittsburgh’s most important business destinations, Boston and New York. JetBlue will help keep Pittsburgh International Airport competitive by providing travelers with better choices at better prices. Increasing access and competition to these two major business centers will also help stimulate additional economic growth for the region.

Flights can be booked at www.jetblue.com. Current advance purchase one-way fares start at $64 to New York JFK and $79 to Boston Logan. “We have been working closely with JetBlue to encourage this new service,” said Mahone. “We call on the region’s business and leisure travelers to take advantage of this lower cost fare structure and help the airline to grow its network from Pittsburgh.”

A key element of JetBlue’s strategy is to stimulate demand with low fares that entice price-conscious people who would normally travel by other means or not at all. The airline cites passenger data demonstrating what it calls the “JetBlue effect” on routes to New York and Boston. JetBlue brings fare discipline to the air fare market as it relates to the destinations between which it flies. JetBlue will likely have a “shadow effect” on fares to Newark and LaGuardia as well.

“It has been our goal to attract new carriers and see the existing carriers expand. This celebration today is the result of a great deal of hard work, careful planning, creative enterprise and an unwavering focus on this important vision,” said Mahone. “The Airport Authority is elated that JetBlue Airways will be bringing its unique brand of air service to Pittsburgh International Airport.”

Jet Blue will offer two flights a day from Pittsburgh to Boston Logan departing at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and four flights per day to New York JFK departing at 6:00 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 3:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. JetBlue will operate the Embraer 190 aircraft, a 100-seat regional jet, on both routes.

Jun 29, 2006

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