Thursday, April 04, 2013

JetBlue adds non-stops between Hobby and Boston

Another major city is now directly accessible from Hobby Airport:
JetBlue Airways, Boston’s largest airline with more flights than any other carrier at Logan International Airport (BOS), today announced it will be adding two daily flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) starting July 25, 2013. To celebrate, customers can now book sale fares from $49 one way between Boston and Houston through April 2, 2013 at for travel between September 3 and October 9, 2013 (blackout dates apply).  
"Houston welcomes the new nonstop flights between Hobby Airport and Boston this summer," said Mario C. Diaz, Houston Airport System Director. "The growth of JetBlue in the Houston market demonstrates the strength of our local economy.”
This is a logical move on JetBlue's part, considering their major presence at Boston Logan as well as the lack of direct flights between that city and Hobby Airport. But it's also strategic; thanks to its merger with AirTran, Southwest (which, of course, is Hobby's dominant carrier) is increasing its presence at Logan, suggesting that it could be just a matter of time before they introduce HOU-BOS service of their own. JetBlue seeks to get a jump on their potential competition, as well as expand their presence in the Houston market, by adding this service.

It's also another option for local flyers. Up until now, the only way to get from Houston to Boston without changing planes was to fly United out of Bush Intercontinental.

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