The greater Daytona Beach area said it has recruited JetBlue Airways to serve Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB).
Daily service to New York´s Kennedy International Airport begins January 7.
The city´s proposals included a broad-based community effort to lure JetBlue to Daytona Beach International Airport, which also is served by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Community backing included a “travel bank” funded by business professionals who have committed to purchasing tickets during the airline´s first years of service and startup advertising dollars provided by Volusia County government and the area´s three tourism advertising authorities.
The influence of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University also was a factor in the airline´s decision to serve the Daytona Beach/DeLand/New Smyrna Beach area, which is within an hour´s drive to the Orlando resort area. The Daytona Beach-based aviation and aerospace university and its graduates account for a substantial percentage of today´s active commercial pilots.