Efforts by GCP, partners land highly desired carrier
Last week’s JetBlue Airways
’ launch of twice-daily service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
(CLE) and Boston Logan International Airport is the culmination of months of work by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Air Service Demand Task Force (ASDTF) in collaboration with the City of Cleveland and CLE officials.
"This clearly was the carrier that we wanted here the most, after the dehubbing of United," said former GCP Board member Lee Thomas, who chairs the ASDTF. "It was really important to us to get them here."
GCP President and CEO Joe Roman noted that the organization worked closely with CLE to attract JetBlue service to Hopkins. “The Greater Cleveland business community has indicated that the CLE-BOS route is an important one to companies in the region,” he said. “Plus, Hopkins travelers can now enjoy the benefit of JetBlue’s best-in-class customer service and a modern fleet of equipment with outstanding in-flight amenities.”
“We’re hoping the network will continue to expand its operations at CLE,” he added.
JetBlue also launched daily service last week between CLE and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
“We see a bright future with great operations in Cleveland,” said Dave Clark, JetBlue vice president, network planning, in the airline’s press release. “We originally announced one route—Boston to Cleveland—but immediately noticed demand was so strong for JetBlue by Northeast Ohio travelers that we shortly after decided to add a Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland flight.
“Clevelanders will now have nonstop access to two of America’s most exciting cities but can also easily travel beyond to the Caribbean via Fort Lauderdale or to destinations around the globe with partners like Emirates through Boston.”
- JetBlue’s schedule between Boston and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015 is:
BOS-CLE: 6:45 a.m. – 8:47 a.m.; 4:15 p.m. – 6:22 p.m.
CLE-BOS: 9:29 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; 6:58 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
FLL-CLE: 8 a.m. – 10:49 a.m.; CLE-FLL 11:30 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.
- JetBlue’s schedule between Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015 is: