Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has one more airline and local travelers have a new option to get to some great places.
JetBlue made its inaugural flight into Savannah on Thursday morning non-stop from New York. Savannah becomes JetBlue's 83rd destination site. The airline's arrival comes after years of work by airport leaders and tourism groups from Savannah, Hilton Head and Bluffton.
The day started before dawn for the folks who came to New York to escort JetBlue to Savannah and Hilton Head. They took pride in seeing their hometown up on the flight board. Inside, it was a party to celebrate the new partnership, with JetBlue excited about a new destination and offering local travelers more ways to fly non-stop.
"One of our missions is to serve the underserved and y'all have been underserved," said Bill Powers of JetBlue.
"It makes it easier and less expensive for people to get to us and that's a good thing," said Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin.
Plenty of local folks made the trip to New York on Wednesday so they could be on the first flight here.
Dorothy Smith, of Richmond Hill, can relate. Her trip up to New York earlier this week took all day.
"I was at the airport at 6 a.m. and got to New York at 5:30 - changed planes in Atlanta – two-hour layover," Smith said.
With a snowy sendoff, 100 passengers left New York for the inaugural flight. Not only will Jet Blue give local travelers more options from Savannah, it also brings New York and Boston travelers to Savannah.