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JetBlue to open at Washington Reagan

JetBlue Airways plans to serve the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beginning in November 2010.

The carrier intends to initially offer travellers at least eight daily departures from DCA to select east coast destinations, complementing its existing low-fare service from Washington Dulles and Baltimore/Washington airports.

"Capital-area travellers who prefer the ease of travelling from Reagan National have waited far too long for JetBlue’s award-winning, low fare service," declared Robert Land, JetBlue’s senior vice-president of government affairs and associate general counsel. "We are thrilled to finally be entering the DCA market, injecting high-quality competition into this centrally located airport."

JetBlue’s access to Reagan National is part of an agreement with American Airlines through which JetBlue will also acquire slots for additional daily service at Westchester County Airport in suburban White Plains, NY.

In addition to the access to Reagan National outlined, JetBlue has also filed for approval from the US Department of Transportation on a proposed slot transfer transaction with US Airways that would result in JetBlue securing a further five in-perimeter slot pairs at Reagan National. To offer a robust schedule that provides even more value for Reagan National customers, JetBlue has petitioned the FAA for access to unused slot pairs in the early morning and late-evening hours.

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