HARTFORD, Conn. and SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (January 5, 2012) – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today launched nonstop service between Hartford-Springfield’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). Flights are on sale today through January 13, 2012 at www.jetblue.com/new as low as $139 (a) each way for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between January 19 and February 15, 2012.

“We are proud to support the strong business and family ties between Hartford and San Juan with this new nonstop service,” said John Checketts, director of route planning for JetBlue Airways. “JetBlue thinks the flight should be an enjoyable part of the journey, from the most legroom in coach to unlimited name brand snacks, and your own personal entertainment choices. We would like to thank the communities in Connecticut and Puerto Rico for their strong support of JetBlue.”

“The mutual commitment between JetBlue and Bradley continues to grow. New travel options opening new destinations draw more customers, which benefits everyone,” said Mary Ellen Jones, Chair of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “With Connecticut’s special ties to Puerto Rico, I am confident that this non-stop service to San Juan will add another chapter to JetBlue’s success story in our state.”

“Puerto Rico had a 4.1 percent increase in tourists during the fiscal year 2010-2011, as measured by hotel registrations. For the 2011-2012 season, we expect better results with more visitors heading this way to discover why Puerto Rico does it better. JetBlue’s new non-stop service between Hartford-Springfield’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) now provides additional flight options to travelers from one of our top markets in the East Coast to our Island. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company welcomes this new service and thanks the airline for the additional seats,” said the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario González Lafuente.

 

Industry exports exhibit double-digit growth for seventh consecutive
month

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international
visitors spent $13.0 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities
within, the United States during the month of September – nearly $1.5 billion
more (13%) than was spent in September 2010. Travel and tourism-related exports
have increased, on average, nearly $1.5 billion a month in 2011 and now account
for more than 25 percent of all U.S. services exports.

  • Travel Receipts: Purchases of travel and
    tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the
    United States totaled $9.8 billion during September, an increase of 10 percent
    when compared to last year. These goods and services include food, lodging,
    recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and
    other items incidental to foreign travel.
  • Passenger Fare Receipts: Fares received by U.S.
    carriers (and U.S. vessel operators) from international visitors increased
    appreciably for the month. When compared to September 2010, U.S. passenger fare
    exports increased (21%) to $3.3 billion forthe month.

International visitors have spent an estimated $112.8 billion on U.S. travel
and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through September),
an increase of 13 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Americans have spent more than $82.3 billion abroad year to date (up 8%) –
resulting in a $30.6 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the
first nine months of 2011.

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting,
analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the
U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and
tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit: <

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/download_data_table/Monthly_Exports_Imports_Balance.xls

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Travelers in and out of Bradley now have a new option inside the secure area – a Martini/Wine Bar.

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Director Johnson welcomes the delegates to Air & Sea Cargo Americas 2011

The first full day of the bi-annual event saw an extremely busy exhibition floor at the newly renovated Doubletree/World Trade Center Miami. The first conference was welcomed by Bill Johnson, Director of the Port of Miami, who spoke of this year’s 6% increase in cargo throughput, on top of last year’s 5%.

The show seems to be back to its old form, following a few lackluster years hampered by a sour worldwide economy and turmoil in the air cargo industry. The exhibition space sold out early, and every booth space was occupied.