JetBlue’s Savannah service began on Thursday, February 13, with the ribbon cutting in the lobby of the Savannah/ Hilton Head Airport. JetBlue will start service operating out of Gate 9 with two daily non-stop round-trip flights to its hub at New York JFK on 100-seat Embraer E190 jets. The carrier says Savannah customers will be able to connect to other JetBlue destinations, including Albuquerque, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“This has been a long time coming,” said Airport Commission Chairman Sylvester Formey. “We’re certainly glad to have JetBlue here.”
The first flight from JFK arrived in Savannah last Thursday shortly after 10 a.m. JetBlue officials along with Mayor Edna Jackson, Airport Commissioners and other dignitaries were on the initial flight along with regular passengers.
Incentives will pay for much of JetBlue’s first year of operation here. To help offset the start-up costs and fees that were waived, the airport applied for and won a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program.