JetBlue to consolidate operations in Orlando

JetBlue will move its domestic and international operations into one terminal at Orlando International Airport.

The airline has entered into an agreement with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to lease the long-term use of up to 10 gates at Orlando International Airport's Airside 1. The terminal move will provide expanded facilities for the airline as well as customs and immigrations capabilities. Currently, JetBlue's domestic flights operate from six gates in Airside 2 while international flights operate from Airside 4.

Also, JetBlue on June 1 will establish a local crew base for its pilots and flight attendants at Orlando International Airport. Crew members based in Orlando will begin and end their scheduled flying in Orlando. Other JetBlue crew bases include Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York Kennedy and Long Beach, Calif.

The carrier will begin construction in September on a 292-suite JetBlue Crew Lodge, which will be used to accommodate the airline’s crew members who are in the Orlando area conducting training and other related airline business. The lodge will be situated on acreage leased from the airport authority and will be managed by InterContinental Hotels Group.

JetBlue, as previously reported, has received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer service to South America from Orlando, with daily nonstop service to Bogota, Colombia, beginning later this year. JetBlue also operates Orlando flights to Puerto Rico (up to seven departures per day to Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan) in addition to several U.S. cities. On May 1, JetBlue will launch nonstop service to Austin, Texas, its 18th destination from Orlando.

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