Onorato and Airport Authority Officials Celebrate JetBlue Anniversary
PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Allegheny County Airport Authority Board Chairman Glenn Mahone today recognized JetBlue Airways on its first year of air service at Pittsburgh International Airport. Service started June 30, 2006. JetBlue offers two flights a day to Boston Logan and four flights per day to New York JFK. The top rated airline by air travelers, JetBlue has succeeded in bringing increased competition to these two vital Pittsburgh business routes.
“Ensuring the long-term success of Pittsburgh International Airport has been one of the top priorities of my administration,” said Onorato. “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. I congratulate JetBlue on its first anniversary here and wish the airline continued success at Pittsburgh International Airport.”
JetBlue Airways’ arrival into the Pittsburgh market has provided tremendous opportunities and savings for travelers from the region. JetBlue is an important asset at Pittsburgh International Airport, giving travelers better choices at better prices. The increased access and competition to New York and Boston has helped to stimulate additional economic growth for our region.
“We have been working closely with JetBlue to encourage growth of this air service,” said Mahone. “We call on the region’s business and leisure travelers to take advantage of this lower cost fare structure and help JetBlue to continue to grow its network from Pittsburgh.”
Statistics clearly indicate JetBlue’s impact on the Pittsburgh market following its launch in June 2006:
- Pittsburgh passengers to Boston Logan have increased by 74 percent, and fares have dropped by 55 percent.
- Pittsburgh passenger volumes to New York JFK have increased by 76 percent, while fares have dropped by 57 percent.
- Pittsburgh passengers to Newark, JFK and LaGuardia combined have increased 41 percent, and fares have dropped 40 percent.
(Data comparison 3rd/4th Quarter year over year)
Consumer Reports recently rated JetBlue the number one airline in its customer satisfaction survey, saying the airline provides “superior service…at a price that is often lower than the competitors.”