JetBlue to start daily service from Dayton Beach

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.