This week we officially welcome Aer Lingus, Ireland’s flag carrier, to our home, Terminal 5 at JFK. At an event in Terminal 5 earlier this week, Scott Laurence, our Vice President of Network Planning and Partnerships was joined by Aer Lingus’ Kevin Reichart, Vice President Customer Service and Jack Foley, Executive Vice President North America. Celebrations also included Irish dancers in the terminal’s central marketplace, as well as Irish snacks and Terra Blues Chips for customers’ enjoyment.
We recently announced a codeshare agreement that expands the partnership linking the two carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport since 2008. Aer Lingus marketed flights to select JetBlue destinations are now available for purchase on www.aerlingus.com and through local and online travel agencies for travel on or after April 15, 2013.
With Aer Lingus’ move of its New York flight operations from Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport into our acclaimed Terminal 5, customers connecting to one of our many destinations across the U.S. will benefit from same terminal connections and one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both airlines – from the U.S. to Europe. Further, effective April 14, 2013, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to U.S. departures will be reduced to approximately 60 minutes. Customers travelling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.
To welcome our partner, we’ve enhanced our menu offerings in many of the award-winning T5 restaurants, expanded both the size and selection of the T5 duty free/duty paid store, and added a new customer lounge, to be opened soon and available to all on a pay-per-use basis. Further, we’ll be doing all of the ground handling for Aer Lingus at Terminal 5 as part of the agreement.