Tourism Officials Cite Jet Blue’s Early Success

jet blue01HYANNIS – The daily JetBlue service between New York and Barnstable Municipal Airport is off to an excellent start, according to tourism officials.

Since its launch June 26, planes have been consistently around 80 percent full – in both directions. On some days, it has been better than that.

JetBlue officials stated that the company’s choice of Hyannis as its 86th flight destination has so far proved to be on target, reflecting the untapped demand for air service from Hyannis to points beyond Boston and the islands.

“Let’s hope this fast start will help make the case for shoulder-season and year-round service to New York and other popular destinations. The airport commission and our air marketing service consultant are working toward that,” Barnstable Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault said in a prepared statement.

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Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce President and CEO said, “The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is thrilled at the immediate success of this wonderful service. We are not surprised, given JetBlue’s quality of service and the exceptional destinations it serves. Hopefully, this bodes well for the future.”

JetBlue departs for JFK Airport in New York from Barnstable Airport daily at 1:45 p.m., using the 100-passenger Embraer E-190 jet.

The seasonal service is scheduled to operate through September 9.

Airport officials hope that it will resume in the spring of next year.