March 31, 2010

Announcing service to Washington National Airport!

potential_dca_destinationsYou might have heard last week about our proposed deal with US Airways to secure slots at the coveted Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located just three miles from the national’s capital. That deal still needs approval from the federal government, but in the meantime, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve secured other access to National Airport.

As part of today’s agreement with American Airlines, we have acquired eight slot pairs to begin service at DCA as early as this November. We also receive one additional slot pair for HPN (increasing our capacity to up to 14 daily roundtrips), another slot-controlled airport where the JetBlue Experience has proven to be very popular.

DCA is the preferred airport for travelers headed to the District of Columbia due to its proximity a stone’s throw away from government offices and attractions and we’re thrilled to make a home there!

We’ve yet to decide where we will jet to from D.C.. Where do you think we should jet to?

Press release:
JetBlue to Launch Service at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport


What destinations will we fly to?
This hasn’t been finalized yet. National has a 1250-mile perimeter rule, with limited exceptions, meaning we could only fly to our East Coast BlueCities, Bermuda, Nassau, Chicago, New Orleans and Houston.

When will we begin DCA service?
We hope to begin flying to National in November, contingent upon airport facilities negotiations.

Which terminal will we operate from?
That is yet to be determined, subject to final airport negotiations.

How much are the slots costing us?
We have agreed to trade underutilized JetBlue slots at JFK for American slots at DCA and HPN.

What are we going to do with the new HPN slots?
We expect to announce new service soon, so stay tuned!

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42 Comments on “Announcing service to Washington National Airport!”

  • Posted by Regina on March 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    SMF to DCA would be most excellent!

  • Posted by aknox51 on March 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Please do DCA to HPN!! That Westchester County airport DESPERATELY needs more non-stop options on the east coast and not just to Florida and vacation points!

  • Posted by Rudi on March 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Frankly, I’d love to see you apply for a perimeter rule exception to fly DCA-SLC. SLC needs additional non-stop competition from the DC market (currently a pricey dupoly), and I think you’d find great year-round demand for such a route.

    Otherwise, it would also be nice to get a non-stop DCA-BTV route going, as there’s been a dearth of affordable flights on that route since the demise of Independence Air and its IAD-BTV non-stops.

  • Posted by Cuschoolie1 on March 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’d love to see a SYR to DCA route. Please?!?

  • Posted by GraceR on March 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    1250 mile rule? I fly non-stop from DCA to Seattle all the time on Alaska Air, out of gate 10.
    I would love to see jetBlue flights from DCA to Florida—MCO and FLL as well as TPA. The Caribbean is also good, but I’d REALLY love non-stop to SJC. No one in the DC area does that route.

  • Posted by Joe on March 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    BOS to DCA, please!

  • Posted by Jay on March 31, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    We need a DCA to LAS route!!!! I’d sell my brother’s children for that! Well, if I don’t sell them for gambling money first. LOL

    (I’m just kidding, but I would love a direct flight to LAS on Jetblue in this area!)

  • Posted by TD on March 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Great news! I would like service between DCA and FLL. Also try to get some gates at Norfolk International Airport. They have several empty gates now.

  • Posted by Travis on March 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    DCA to BOS!!!

  • Posted by Rachel on March 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Westchester county (HPN) would be awesome!!! As would Burlington (BTV)!!!!

  • Posted by Sam on March 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    BOS to DCA, please

  • Posted by John on March 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm


  • Posted by Juancarlos on March 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    RDU to DCA. This would be immeasurably valuable to a lot of people in the Triangle.

  • Posted by Chelle on March 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    HOU to DCA would be wonderful!

  • Posted by Chris on March 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    We hate to drive to JFK!

  • Posted by S Kelly on March 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    DCA–> FLL PLEASE!!! and something later than that 2:50/3:00 that leaves out of IAD Please.

  • Posted by Nick on March 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    BTV! BOS!

  • Posted by Lee on March 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Please for DCA-PBI or DCA-FLL, even if it’s only in-season from like November-April and used for another route in the summer. It would be especially good for late flights for people wanting to go to Flordia for the weekend, after work, or enjoy a full day in the sun on Sundays when they come back. US Air charges so much for the route and the flights are always oversold. And I think DCA-BOS would be good too as US Air and Delta charge way too much for this route as it is. But don’t add many flights to JFK, it’s always prone to delays, point-to-point would be so much better for DCA!

  • Posted by Rick H on March 31, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Boy oh boy would I love to see Stewart to Reagan…..Do pleases help? If so.PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE! It could be an on to MCO or whatever…..

  • Posted by James on March 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I would agree with Rudi. Need more flights out west (SLC, DEN, etc). Market controlled by legacy airlines, and most current Jet Blue flights from IAD fly though JFK/BOS.

  • Posted by Galen on March 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I’d love to see BED (Bedford, MA) to DCA, but that would require flying from Hanscom Field, which hasn’t had much regular airline service, well, ever.

    BOS-DCA, JFK-DCA, HOU-DCA, and ORD-DCA are no-brainers. Highly traveled business routes. (I’m particularly fond of the BOS-DCA option). The bigger problem is that doing 2 a day (morning & evening for single day business travel) means only 4 slots left. Maybe 2 a day TWTh, with one other days.

    I’d love to see more options on the SJC, OAK, or SFO to east coast routes (I’d rather more into BOS than DCA, but flights from BOS to DCA/BWI/IAD aren’t hard to find). That would require an exemption, though. One a day would probably work here, as trans-continental travel is usually not done as a single day. DEN-DCA could make a compelling argument for an exemption, as well (especially seasonally), but I’d put that low priority.

    After that, I’d suggest other secondary market flights. RDU, any of the Florida options, any of the upstate New York options, or the lessor Massachusetts (Hyannis, P-Town, the Vineyard) options.

    Regardless, congratulations on getting flights into DCA (please, never call it Reagan), and good luck getting more.

  • Posted by Carla on March 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Bermuda and Nassau!

  • Posted by Lindsay on March 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    DCA to FLL! Fly it all the time but through usair. Better with jet blue!

  • Posted by Will on March 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    BOS, please!

  • Posted by Tonei on April 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

    @GraceR: They mentioned a few “limited exceptions” to the 1250-mile rule. Alaska Airlines has six of the “exception” slots, which allows them to operate two flights daily to/from Seattle, and one flight to/from LAX.

  • Posted by Alex on April 1, 2010 at 3:35 am

    DCA-JFK (T5)

    The shuttles and the Acela are super expensive and the buses are time consuming! Jetblue service hourly or every other hour would be a major boon to the many college students/young professionals living between the NYC-DC areas.
    Offer Wi-Fi service and you’ll REALLY blow the other guys out of the water!

  • Posted by Juani on April 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Bermuda!!! That would be ideal for us DC’ers to make a quit escape! Run great weekend routes – like Friday afternoon to Sunday night – and I know I’d be on many of them! Thanks!

  • Posted by Dennis on April 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    SYR-DCA with the option to connect, i.e.: DCA-FLL, DCA-MCO
    …Syracuse needs more flight options to Washington & Boston

  • Posted by Jessica on April 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

    DCA – ROC!!! Airtran flights from BWI are always full, would be a great addition, so many upstate NYers in the area!!!

  • Posted by Aaron on April 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Id say JetBlue stay with business routes out of DCA. Like To JFK, BOS, LGA, ORD, and like FLL. But I would very much love service to DCA from ROC. We have to always to fly us airways to DCA for well over $500 round trip which is crazy! And we have AirTran to BWI but who wants the hassle of getting from there to DC. I think ROC-DCA would be a perfect route to serve, it would make alot of us here in NY very happy!
    Go JetBlue!

  • Posted by Lee Koepping on April 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    As a “TrueBlue” member, I would like to see service between DCA-MSP. If JetBlue could get an exemption, I would also like to see service between DCA-Kansas City.

    As a side note, I would like to see the SMF-IAD route reactivated if there is enough passenger traffic.


  • Posted by Michael Barber on April 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Would love to see PHX->DCA route. Congrats, JetBlue.

  • Posted by JOhn on April 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    DCA to ROC or BUF, and you’d have a frequent customer here.

  • Posted by Brian on April 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I am a frequent JetBlue flyer from IAD. Thank you thank you thank you for fighting the good fight to get into DCA. It is a much more convenient airport, and the hassle of getting around IAD airport itself is almost not worth it for a short flight.

    I think it would make sense to shift some of your east coast pairs from IAD to DCA (within the 1250 perimeter) and open up some extra pairs at IAD for more consistent direct service to the west coast. Perhaps IAD can better service SFO (in addition to OAK), LGB, San Diego, and bring back a direct flight or two to LAS (Southwest from BWI isn’t as cheap as it used to be). Great direct flights from DCA would be CLT (a growing city with a lot of DC traffic sick of flying US Air), HPN, Chicago, FLL, PBI, and of course connections to JFK and BOS.

    Just throwing my two cents in. Thanks!

  • Posted by Jacqui on April 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Please fly DCA to BOS!

  • Posted by McCall on June 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    How about SFO to DCA? There aren’t any direct flights from SFO to the DC area including Dulles.

  • Posted by Bridget on July 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    DCA direct to SMF is needed!

  • Posted by Martin on July 19, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Naturally go to the largest market not served nonstop: San Francisco.

  • Posted by Bill on July 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Houston Hobby would be awesome!

  • Posted by Bill on July 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I am telling you that JetBlue sould be have Hou-AUS route!

  • Posted by Laurel on July 22, 2010 at 5:09 am

    DCA -> AUS
    There are lots of transplanted Austinites now living in our nation’s capital.

  • Posted by Dan @ DCA Parking on August 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    DCA to JFK. And welcome to DCA, JetBlue!

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