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Savannah group ready to welcome Jet Blue

POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

Some of the people who will help welcome Jet Blue to Savannah could have missed the big party in New York, due to severe winter weather in the South.

Mayor Edna Jackson and representatives of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce took pre-dawn flights out of Savannah, but changed planes in Washington, D.C. rather than Charlotte or Atlanta. Some of them found themselves stuck in Atlanta's winter storm two weeks ago.

"This has definitely been a winter to remember," said Chamber V.P. Jeremy Harvey. "But you just have to be optimistic and have a good attitude."

Jackson hopes the addition of Jet Blue brings more options for local travelers, among other benefits.

"Hopefully, lower fares," she stated. "And you'll be able to travel quicker too because this airline will have direct flights where some others go through Atlanta."

Travelers have traditionally been forced to drive to Atlanta, Jacksonville, or Charleston to find more flight options or cheaper fares.

Mayor Jackson hopes the new competition helps bring down other companies' fares. She's also hopeful Jet Blue will bring more jobs to Savannah/Hilton Head International as well.

Harvey said the non-stop flights from places like New York and Boston could also bring an influx of tourists from those places.

"We want them to see Savannah as a great getaway destination, especially during this time of year. It's a great place to get some early spring and get rid of the winter blues," he added.

Representatives from Savannah, Hilton Head Island, the airport and chamber will cut a ribbon Thursday morning at the Jet Blue station of New York's JFK airport, then board the first flight to Savannah.

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