Tuesday, May 24, 2011

High hopes for San Juan service - The Daily Record - Jacksonville, Florida

High hopes for San Juan service - The Daily Record - Jacksonville, Florida

Daily nonstop air passenger service from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico began last week and already airport officials believe it could lead to larger and more lucrative offerings for both the airport and travelers. JetBlue began the route Thursday with an inaugural flight of 47 people, including JetBlue executives who served as flight attendants, Jacksonville Aviation Authority Executive Director Steve Grossman told the authority’s board of directors Monday during its monthly meeting.

In 2009, Mayor John Peyton signed a “Sister Cities” agreement with Jorge Santini, mayor of San Juan, to promote economic development and cultural and educational exchange. “We have the great community support behind this initiative to thank for it. Connecting communities, whether it’s for business or leisure, is what it’s all about,” said Scott Laurance, JetBlue vice president of network planning, in a news release.