JetBlue Begins Service to Fourth Destination in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

JetBlue Begins Service to Fourth Destination in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana

- Daily service from New York's JFK begins today with a weekend flight from Boston beginning Saturday, May 8 - - Punta Cana is JetBlue's 8th international destination from Boston -


JetBlue Begins Service to Fourth Destination in the Dominican Republic:<br /> Punta Cana

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    NEW YORK, May 6 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR
WIRE/ — JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) continues to grow in the Caribbean, as
it adds service today to its fourth city in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana.
Located on the tropical east end of the island, Punta Cana is the 15th
international destination in JetBlue’s growing network of 61 destinations
across the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin and Central America. JetBlue will begin
daily nonstop flights year-round between Punta Cana International Airport and
New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) today and weekly nonstop flights on Saturdays
from Boston’s Logan International beginning this Saturday, May 8, 2010. A
second, seasonal flight from Boston will also be added on Wednesdays beginning
July 7, 2010.


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    Punta Cana is JetBlue’s fourth destination
in the Dominican Republic, where the airline has grown substantially in recent
years to become the nation’s #1 airline (a). 
Both routes will be operated with JetBlue’s 150-seat Airbus A320


    "We are proud to add Punta Cana to
our network today as it further enhances our relationship with the Dominican
Republic, where we continue to grow and serve millions every year," said
Marty St. George, senior vice president of marketing and commercial strategy
for JetBlue Airways.  "We offer the
best travel product in the Americas, including more legroom, unlimited free
snacks and drinks, more free entertainment on personal seatback TVs and more
friendly service — and this means even more options for the Dominican Republic
and more options for our Boston and New York customers, too."


    "Punta Cana is a top destination in
the Caribbean and Latin America for championship golf, luxury resorts and
hotels, world-class beaches, azure blue seas and beautiful year-round weather
and pampering," said Magaly Toribio, the Dominican Republic Ministry of
Tourism’s Vice Minister of International Promotion. "JetBlue is an
innovator in meeting the growing demand for the Dominican Republic with the
addition of daily flights to Punta Cana. Our busiest airport, Punta Cana
International Airport is a major gateway to the DR’s sophisticated resorts,
magnificent sun, sea and sand. Now travelers through New York can reach
paradise in just a few short hours."


    Daniel J. Carl, Economic Officer of the
United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic, also added: "The
Dominican economy has also weathered the economic crisis much better than many
of its Latin American counterparts.  The
economic resilience can be attributed, in part, to the continued strength of
the tourism sector, which would be impossible without great air service provide
by U.S. airlines like JetBlue.  This
service also empowers more Dominicans to visit friends and family in the U.S.
whether they are in Florida, New York, Boston, or elsewhere in the U.S."


    "We are excited that JetBlue will now
be flying in to Punta Cana and look forward to welcoming more tourists to the
region from NYC and Boston," said Frank Rainieri, President & CEO of
PUNTACANA Resort & Club. 


JetBlue’s new service from JFK to Punta Cana:


New York (JFK)              Punta Cana (PUJ) to

To Punta Cana (PUJ)         New York (JFK)

Depart – Arrive             Depart – Arrive

8:29 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.      1:20 p.m. – 5:14 p.m.

— Flights operate
daily —


    JetBlue’s new service from Boston to Punta


Boston (BOS)                          Punta Cana (PUJ) to

To Punta Cana (PUJ)                   Boston (BOS)

Depart – Arrive                       Depart – Arrive

10:20 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.                3:13 p.m. – 7:28 p.m.

–Saturdays only; a
second, seasonal

flight will be added
on Wednesdays

beginning July 7,


    JetBlue offers full vacation packages for Punta Cana and 35 other
JetBlue destinations.  Through JetBlue
Getaways, customers can book discounted vacation packages including airfare,
hotel, airport transfers as well as various activities in a single purchase,
saving valuable time and money.  For
bookings made today through May 20, 2010, multiple all-inclusive resorts are
offering reduced rates in celebration of JetBlue’s launch, including: Catalonia
Royal Bavaro, Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro, Gran Bahia Principe Ambar, Gran Bahia
Principe Punta Cana, Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Spa and Casino, Secrets
Sanctuary Cap Cana, and Unlimited Luxury (b). To book go to


    JetBlue offers Customers a host of premium
amenities including a free first-checked bag, the most legroom in coach of any
U.S. airline (c), 36 channels of complimentary DIRECTV(R) (d), more than 100
channels of XM Satellite Radio(R), and unlimited free snacks and drinks.
In-flight movies are offered complimentary on these routes.  For a small fee customers can upgrade to one
of JetBlue’s super-spacious Even More Legroom seats, which offer travelers 38
inches of seat pitch.


    About PUNTACANA Resort & Club

    The development of Grupo PUNTACANA dates
back to 1969 when Dominican businessman and hotelier Frank R. Rainieri and
Theodore W. Kheel, the prominent New York attorney and labor mediator, created
a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that respects the
natural habitat of Punta Cana while offering a world-class vacation experience.
Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, PUNTACANA Resort & Club
has since grown to encompass over 26 square miles and now includes Tortuga Bay;
Six Senses Spa; the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation; four residential
communities (Corales, Hacienda, Marina and Arrecife); a full-service marina;
nine restaurants; a shopping village; two 18-hole golf courses; and Punta Cana
International Airport, a modern facility that incorporates innovative and
eco-friendly design. In 1997, Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta joined the
Group as co-investors and have made PUNTACANA Resort & Club their home.
Currently, Punta Cana is the most highly visited Caribbean destination and is
easily accessible from all over the globe.


    About Punta Cana International Airport

    Punta Cana International Airport is the
leading point of entry to the Dominican Republic and the third busiest airport
in the Caribbean, with direct flights to 36 countries and more than 98 cities.


    Punta Cana International Airport welcoming
approximately two million visitors per year and facilitating air travel for the
region’s 25,000 hotel rooms is an integral part of the Dominican Republic’s
economic and tourism infrastructure, has been able to maintain passenger
traffic to date due to the efficiency of its operations, the geographical
diversity of its tourist base and the strength of the Punta Cana and Bavaro
tourism offerings.


    About JetBlue Airways

    Voted "Most Eco-Friendly
Airline" by Zagat’s Airline Survey in 2008 and 2009, New York-based
JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and
style. In 2009, the carrier also ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction
Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America" by J.D. Power and Associates, a
customer satisfaction recognition received for the fifth year in a row. Known
for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is
now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom
seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging
services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic
airlines. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own
Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for
customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit for details.
JetBlue serves 60 cities with 650 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are
assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For
information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD
1-800-336-5530 or visit .


    (a) Based on service
capacity as measured by Available Seat Miles (ASMs).


    (b) Offer ends
5/20/10.  Packages must be purchased by
5/20/10 for travel completed by 6/30/10. 
Receive reduced rates at the following hotels: Catalonia Royal Bavaro,
Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro, Gran Bahia Principe Ambar, Gran Bahia Principe Punta
Cana, Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort Spa and Casino, All Inclusive, and Secrets
Sanctuary Cap Cana, Unlimited Luxury. 
Minimum 3-night stay required. Offer is reflected in the package price.
Subject to availability, restrictions may apply.


    (c) JetBlue offers the
most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S.
airlines, excluding premium coach products.


    (d) DIRECTV(R) service
is not available on flights outside the continental United States; however,
where applicable in-flight movies are offered complimentary on these routes.


SOURCE  JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Begins Service to Fourth Destination in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana