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JetBlue adds flights to Newark

Published July 12, 2005

JetBlue Airways will expand flights between the New York metropolitan area and Florida this fall, establishing the 5-year-old discounter as king of one of the nation's busiest air travel markets.

The airline begins service from Newark International Airport in October, flying to five Florida cities, including Tampa. By year's end, JetBlue will make 77 flights daily between metro New York and the Sunshine State.

JetBlue's two daily flights starting Oct. 19 will be Tampa International Airport's first nonstops by a low-fare airline to Newark.

Continental Airlines, which operates a hub at Newark, now dominates the route and charges a premium to fly there compared to New York's JFK International or LaGuardia airports, both served by discount carriers.

Travelers paid Continental an average one-way fare of $133, before taxes and fees, between Tampa and Newark last year. JetBlue announced a pre-tax introductory fare of $69 and said Tuesday that regular fares will range from $89 to $259.

"This is phenomenally good," said Louis Miller, executive director of Tampa International. "Now, JetBlue goes into JFK and (Delta's) Song flies to LaGuardia. Now, we have low-fare service into all three of the New York airports."

[Last modified July 12, 2005, 16:02:03]

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