America's (almost) favorite airline is beginning service to the Virgin Islands.
JetBlue outlined plans to open three new routes to the Territory just in time for winter season, an addition of more than 88,000 seats. The airline will launch flights between Boston Logan International Airport and St. Thomas International Airport. The flights from Logan International Airport will operate for the winter season with five weekly departures beginning December 15, 2011.
The Inquiring Iguana has been wishing for Jet Blue service to the islands for almost six years! Here's a post from 2005.
You can book the new flights at jetblue.com now. And if you can tolerate one or two stops, and go far out of your way, you can book from Washington or other airports and connect to the Boston flight. Probably only makes sense if you're a big fan of Jet Blue's frequent flier program.
A check of the airline's Web site shows the non-stop Boston to STT flight departing at 9:35 a.m. and arriving at 2:30 p.m. There are additional routes, Boston to St. Croix and St. Thomas via San Juan, connecting over the water via Cape Air (a great ride!).
But, from BOS to STT – it's a start. If New England climbs on board these flights, it's possible Jet Blue will consider expanding islands' service through Washington or New York.
“In developing the new service, we have always been mindful that consistent cost-effective air service to/from San Juan provides an important economic and tourism function for our local community and businesses. The added capacity created by this new JetBlue service to both St. Croix and St. Thomas will not only allow us to maximize the inbound market from Puerto Rico and market to potential visitors connecting through San Juan, but it also provides additional flights for Virgin Islanders traveling to Puerto Rico.” added Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty.