JetBlue is expanding its reach into the Midwest, adding flights in both Milwaukee and Kansas City for the first time.
Flights began this week between Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport and both Boston’s Logan International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airports.
“Our customers and crew members have been asking for years to add flights to the Midwest, and we listened,” Andrea Lusso, vice president of network planning at JetBlue, said in a statement. “We are very excited to add Kansas City to our growing network and connect the Northeast to the heart of America.”
“Adding Milwaukee to our route map will help diversify our markets, support our Northeast growth strategy, and give our customers more travel options,” said Lusso. “We are excited to offer our customers flying for business or leisure an opportunity to explore Milwaukee and connect Milwaukee residents to our New York and Boston focus city networks.”
New York and Boston are two of the major hubs for JetBlue, which now serves 121 cities, including close to a dozen new destinations like Milwaukee and Kansas City.
JetBlue has nearly 500 daily departures from the three New York-area airports, and more than 200 daily flights from Boston.
JetBlue will offer a single, non-stop flight daily between the destinations.
Milwaukee officials are pleased with the expansion to Wisconsin by a major airline.
“Milwaukee County is thrilled that JetBlue will bring more tourists and business travelers from New York and Boston to Milwaukee and beyond,” said Milwaukee County executive David Crowley. “Our amazing lakefront, cultural attractions, restaurants, and breweries are just some of the ways that Milwaukee offers guests a world-class experience.”
Mitchell International has direct flights to almost 40 cities, with access to more than 200 international destinations with a single connection.
“JetBlue’s outstanding customer service and in-flight product will be a big hit for Milwaukee travelers,” said Mitchell Airport director Brian Dranzik. “Many people have been asking when JetBlue would come to Milwaukee. I’m glad that day has arrived.”
Likewise, officials in Kansas City are thrilled with the new flights.
“We feel JetBlue has made an excellent choice in adding Kansas City to their growing network, and that travelers in the region will respond well,” said Pat Klein, Kansas City director of aviation. “Our team is constantly working to enhance access to the U.S. and beyond for our citizens. We’re happy that JetBlue is our new partner to help support that effort.”
Fares for the Milwaukee flights will be available for a limited time and as low as $59 one way, according to JetBlue. Initial one-way fares for the Kansas City flights will begin at $79 for a limited time.
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