JetBlue has returned to its full flight schedule of 48 daily
flights to Puerto Rico after last year's hurricanes, six months earlier than
originally planned, given the improved demand for travel as the island
continues to recover and welcome visitors.
To support the increase in service, the carrier hired 50 crew
members for its San Juan operation, joining 500 crew based in Puerto Rico.
"Our return to our pre-hurricane flight count is a
testament to the incredible resilience of Puerto Rico and our crew members who
kept flights operating during a very difficult period," said Dave Clark,
vice president, sales and revenue management.
In the days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, JetBlue
introduced the 100x35 initiative with 35 ways and 100 days and beyond of caring
for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
The initiative provided immediate first needs for
communities while also focusing on long-term partnerships with with key
entities, such as the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., to encourage the return of
tourism, contribute to the local economy and invest in the island's future.
The initiative continues, most recently with the pledge of
$100,000 worth of grants from the JetBlue Foundation to fuel education programs
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics on the island.