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New Horizons: JetBlue’s Latest Expansion Connects Long Island and Florida

| Angela Naff |

JetBlue has unveiled exciting news for travelers between Long Island, New York, and Florida, announcing three new nonstop routes to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach starting this October. The company’s move aims to enhance travel options for Floridians seeking access to New York, with introductory one-way fares from the Big Apple starting at just $49 for a limited time.

Tickets are now available for purchase, marking JetBlue’s inaugural flights from Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) to Orlando on a daily basis, and four times a week to both Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. This expansion not only introduces Long Islanders to JetBlue’s renowned service but also offers greater convenience and accessibility compared to traditional New York airports.

Dave Jehn, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning and airline partnerships, expressed enthusiasm about the new routes, emphasizing Long Island’s integral role within the New York Metro area. “The addition of Long Island MacArthur Airport to our network will offer more options and greater convenience for customers,” Jehn stated, highlighting JetBlue’s commitment to providing low fares and exceptional service.

JetBlue plans to deploy its 162-seat Airbus A320 aircraft for these routes, ensuring comfort and efficiency for passengers traveling between New York and Florida. The decision to expand service from Long Island follows JetBlue’s recent adjustments in response to market dynamics, including the cancellation of select routes subsequent to the Spirit Airlines merger proposal fallout.

Formerly known as Islip Airport, Long Island MacArthur Airport is strategically positioned in Ronkonkoma, serving the residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as travelers seeking alternatives to JFK and LaGuardia airports’ congestion.

Flights between Long Island MacArthur Airport and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) will commence on October 24, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Similarly, flights to and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will begin on October 25, running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Daily flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO) start October 24.  The JetBlue website had additional information about days and times for the flights

To take advantage of the $49 one-way fares, travelers must book their tickets on JetBlue’s website by June 13, with travel valid between October 24 and December 18, 2024, excluding blackout dates from November 26 to December 2. Please note that this special fare is not available for Friday or Sunday travel.

JetBlue’s latest expansion reflects its strategic growth amidst challenging market conditions, aiming to provide enhanced connectivity and value to passengers traveling between Long Island and Florida. 

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