Date: Oct 05, 2005
Press Release Number: 114-2005
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey welcomed JetBlue Airways to Newark Liberty International Airport, where the airline began regular passenger service today. In a ceremony at Newark’s Terminal A, where JetBlue will operate its service, Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia and Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. were joined by Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey, JetBlue President Dave Barger, and JetBlue CEO David Neeleman to kick off JetBlue’s new service, which will carry passengers to five destinations in Florida – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. The airline expects to add flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico before the end of the year.
“On behalf of the State of New Jersey, I’d like to officially welcome JetBlue to one of the nation’s premier facilities – Newark Liberty International Airport,” Acting Governor Codey said. “Today is a win-win for everyone. JetBlue will bring more flights, more flexibility and more choices for our travelers. And the fact that they’ve chosen to expand here is evidence that New Jersey’s economy is growing and we are a great place to do business.”
Chairman Coscia said, “The arrival of JetBlue will spur tremendous growth and competition at Newark Airport, just as we have seen at JFK and LaGuardia. Our 10-year strategic plan prepares Newark Airport for JetBlue’s arrival and all future growth, with aggressive investments in security and infrastructure to ensure a secure and efficient service for our customers.”
Executive Director Ringler said, “The $3.8 billion public-private redevelopment program at Newark Liberty International Airport has delivered a host of enhancements. These improvements were made to maintain Newark Liberty as a premier airport offering world-class customer service. JetBlue Airways’ arrival in Newark is more good news for our customers. JetBlue has enjoyed great success at JFK and LaGuardia, and we wish continued success for JetBlue Airways here at Newark Liberty International Airport.”
Mr. Neeleman said, “Since we began flying in 2000, New Jersey customers have asked us to bring our low-fare and superior service closer to their homes, in Newark. On behalf of JetBlue’s almost 9,000 crewmembers, we’re pleased to make this happen today. Renaming the Garden State ‘Blue Jersey’ is entirely up to the citizens, though.”
The Port Authority is working closely with private-sector partners such as JetBlue to ensure that Newark Airport remains a safe, efficient gateway for travelers and continues to be an economic engine for the region. The Port Authority has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve the airport and attract industry leaders such as JetBlue, including: