BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced new service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP), making it Boston Logan’s 43rd international destination.
“The Commonwealth has always been a place where cultures have come together to prosper and the international growth of these new routes at Logan fosters this in the twenty first century,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I’m pleased that JetBlue is adding more destinations to increase service options and competition and would like to recognize Massport and Logan Airport for identifying new markets to expand options out of Boston.”
The new service to Port-au-Prince will launch on June 17, 2015 and operate through September 5, 2015, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“As the number of direct flights to Boston grows, we continue to attract more tourists and more business to the City of Boston, creating stronger connections with the global community,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “JetBlue is among several carriers to make Boston a nonstop destination in the last few years, which is a nod to this City's international reputation for top notch culture, institutions, shopping, and restaurants.”
JetBlue Flight 1147 will depart Boston at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Port-au-Prince at 2:15 p.m. Flight 1148 will depart Port-au-Prince at 3:15pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and arrive in Boston at 7:40 p.m. The new Haiti service will complement JetBlue’s existing daily flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
“With Massachusetts having the third largest Haitian population in the United States, this news should be celebrated across the Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. “JetBlue’s decision to offer this new, direct route from Boston to Port-au-Prince will not only help our Haitian residents maintain relationships with their families, but will support and strengthen new partnerships and business opportunities as well.”
Boston is the largest U.S. to Haiti air travel market without nonstop service. The addition of service to Port-au-Prince marks the 42nd international destination served nonstop from Boston Logan, a new record.
“More than 43,000 people traveled by air between Boston and Port-au-Prince last year and that market has grown 41 percent in three years. This new service will help connect the region with an important vibrant nation that was once home to many of us,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn.
Massport also announced that JetBlue will begin seasonal, nonstop flights from Boston to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY) and Sacramento, California (SMF). JetBlue will provide the only nonstop routes from Boston to both Port-au-Prince and Sacramento, which becomes the 75th nonstop destination out of Logan Airport.
“Port-au-Prince is a destination we know appeals to many Bostonians, and we want to thank the governor, the mayor, Massport and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry for their large roles in getting this service off the ground, they deserve the credit.” said Dave Clark, vice president, network planning, JetBlue Airways. “This is another win for Boston travelers. JetBlue isn’t just the biggest carrier at Logan, but we offer more than twice as many destinations as any other airline to 58 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.”
Service from Boston to Martha's Vineyard will launch on June 17 and operate daily through September 7, complementing JetBlue's existing summer seasonal service from Boston to Nantucket. The new Sacramento service will launch on June 18 and operate four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Boston Logan is 30 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and 10 minutes from downtown Boston, and serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 42 international destinations and in 2013 handled more than 30 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $8 billion in total economic impact each year.
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