On Feb. 13 JetBlue will begin flights from Savannah to New
York City and Boston.
So far, the sales are beating expectations, which could mean
more options down the road.
JetBlue officials tell WTOC booking numbers are higher than
expected, which only means good things as far as the airline adding more cities
to fly to from Savannah.
For Visit Savannah, it means more cities which will be able
to fly JetBlue to get to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
The inaugural flight and celebration is Feb. 13 and the city
plans on welcoming JetBlue with some familiar faces and characters of Savannah.
However, the bottom line is to add more cities and keep the low cost airline.
To do that, the demand has to be there.
"They are doing outstanding for us. We did all of our
homework. We put down all of the numbers and on the paper of what the
expectations were for the market and it is surpassing it by leaps and
bounds," Ariana Pernice, JetBlue representative, told WTOC. "Not only
from JFK and Boston, which we knew would do really well, but the Savannah
customers are so hungry for this service. We have seen it in the numbers and
the seats being sold. So, we are ecstatic."
"They also have linkages to places like Fort Lauderdale
and Orlando, which we are very interested in," Joe Marinelli from Visit
Savannah told WTOC. "I think the key is we have to show them the support
with these first two legs and if they continue to do well and sell well, as
they are doing, I think those other opportunities are down the road."