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JetBlue Boosts South American Base With Flights to Guayaquil

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JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU - Free Report) recently began service to Guayaquil, Ecuador from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This marks the carrier’s sixth destination in South America.

JetBlue’s newly initiated service operates daily. The carrier is operating on the new route via an Airbus A320 aircraft with comfortable seating, extra legroom in coach, entertainment facilities and several other modern amenities.

The carrier’s previous service to Quito, Ecuador from Fort Lauderdale in 2016 was successful. Thus, on account of customer demand, the carrier decided to add a seasonal daily flight to Quito, beginning this summer. Notably, the airline already operates a daily service on this route.

Apart from stretching across Ecuador and South America on the whole, the new flights enable JetBlue to broaden its base in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. In the coming years, the carrier aims to operate 140 daily flights in the region, one of its fastest-growing focus cities.

Earlier this February, the carrier announced plans to expand into Boston, adding flights connecting Logan International Airport (BOS) with 12 of its routes along the eastern half of the United States. JetBlue will start introducing these daily flights this summer onward. (Read more: JetBlue to Expand Flight Services in Boston and Eastern U.S.)


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