JetBlue’s Executive Vice President Eash Sundarum addressing the audience at Fort Lauderdale Airport shortly before the launch of the airline’s first flight to Lima. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting followed.
- JetBlue Airways expanded its international network with two services last week, both operated with daily services. The airline continues to grow its presence in Latin America, linking Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) with Lima (LIM) on 21 November. The carrier’s only destination in Peru is operated using 150-seat A320s and directly competes with Spirit Airlines’ once-weekly flight. The second new route is being offered from San Juan (SJU) to Chicago O’Hare, IL (ORD), which is the airline’s 17th route from the capital of Puerto Rico. The service, started on 20 November and using A320s as well, faces competition from American Airlines and United Airlines’ daily services. Commenting on the launch, JetBlue’s President and CEO, Dave Barger, said: “There is a strong connection between Chicago and Puerto Rico, with the Windy City being home to the third largest Puerto Rican population in the US”. Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy, Lima commented: “On the fifteenth anniversary of the signing of an Open Skies agreement between Peru and the US, we are happy to see another US carrier offer their services to the people of Peru.”