Under blue skies, with the crowd sipping blueberry Dels Lemonade and the sounds of blues music in the background Rhode Island officially welcomed the newest airline carrier to service TF Green Airport – JetBlue.
Chamber President Laurie White served as the emcee for the announcement, which brought together Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, City of Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senate Finance Chair Dan Daponte, Kathleen Hittner, Chair of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation Board and Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue.
Barger said the company will initially offer two daily nonstop service flights to Orlando International Airport and one daily flight to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport when it officially begins it service on Nov. 29. To commemorate the addition of Providence as its 75th destination, the airline is offering Florida fares as low as $75, available through Aug. 1, for travel Nov. 29-Dec. 12
This new service comes nearly a decade after airport officials first began their efforts to recruit the airline. It is more good news for the airport, which just a few months ago, received final approval to move forward with its Master Plan, which will mean a lengthened main runway and other safety enhancements.
“In recent months, we have seen a groundswell of enthusiasm for moving forward with improvements at the airport,” White said during the ceremony. “Adequate air service is a pre-requisite for attracting investment and generating employment. Air travel not only brings new visitors and incremental spending in local hotels, attractions, and other businesses, but it is also directly related to the amount of economic activity in the area, which makes today’s announcement so exciting.”