JetBlue adds 2 direct flights from Charleston to D.C.’s Reagan National

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published June 23, 2014

A little over a year after JetBlue began operations at Charleston International Airport, the airline added two nonstop flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C.

JetBlue General Manager for Charleston Chris PlunkettCharleston Aviation Authority Vice Chairman Lawrence RichterAirports Director Paul Campbell
Chris Plunkett, JetBlue’s general manager in Charleston; Lawrence Richter Jr., vice chairman of Charleston County Aviation Authority; and Airports Director Paul Campbell made the announcement about JetBlue on Thursday.

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Airports Director Paul Campbell said the airport has additional capacity for more direct flights and would welcome them. JetBlue’s general manager in Charleston, Chris Plunkett, said that no additional flights are being announced now but that the airline is always evaluating additions and Charleston remains an attractive market.

Officials from the Charleston County Aviation Authority, the airport staff and JetBlue gathered to celebrate on Thursday at the Charleston airport.

“We all know that takeoff and landing slots at Washington Reagan are precious resources and JetBlue’s new flights make a bold statement about their belief in our community,” aviation authority Vice Chairman Lawrence Richter Jr. said at the news conference.

The recent merger of American Airlines and US Airways created openings at Washington National that JetBlue was able to acquire.

“Reagan National Airport, traditionally known as a high-fare airport, has greatly benefited from the JetBlue effect, as our new service has resulted in a significant reduction in fares in the markets we serve and substantial increase in travelers,” said Rob Land, JetBlue’s senior vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel.

With the addition of JetBlue’s two flights from Charleston to Washington, travelers now have direct access to 14 cities and 18 airports across the nation. Daily, 132 flights arrive and depart at Charleston International.

Daily direct flights from CHS to DCA:

  • 7:25-8:52 a.m.
  • 3:20-4:49 p.m.

Daily direct flights from DCA to CHS:

  • 1:06-2:42 p.m.
  • 6:30-8:06 p.m.

“This is an exciting time for the Lowcountry and for the airport. We’re expanding and transforming the airport, and we are thrilled to have this new service by JetBlue,” Campbell said.

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