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JetBlue to Open New Crew Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the End of 2024

By year-end 2024, JetBlue will open a new pilot and cabin crew base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is expected to support over 400 local jobs by 2025, including up to 120 pilots and up to 325 cabin crew members.

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On Wednesday (May 29, 2024), JetBlue announced plans to open a new crew base at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto by the end of 2024.  The new base is expected to support over 400 local jobs, including up to 120 pilots, up to 325 cabin crew, and around 80 frontline operational positions and technical roles.  Currently, JetBlue employs over 370 team members across Puerto Rico, supporting operations in  San Juan, Aguadilla, and Ponce.  San Juan will become JetBlue’s first base outside of the Mainland U.S., joining domestic bases in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York City, Orlando, and Los Angeles.  JetBlue previously added a maintenance base in San Juan in 2020.

In Wednesday’s announcement, JetBlue’s Chief Operating officer, Warren Christie, said,

“We’re so excited to base hundreds more crewmembers right here in San Juan, where we are proud to be the largest airline with plans to grow even more.  The new crew base will support our operation as we grow and benefit the local economy in a place we are proud to call home.

“We are so proud that our superior product and service has resonated with Puerto Ricans and the many visitors we bring to the island.  As we set out to connect more people and destinations to Puerto Rico, we will do it by ensuring our staffing and our service meet the needs of our customers and standards they expect from JetBlue.”

Also commenting on the new base opening, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi, said,

“This great announcement from JetBlue is a testament to the potential of our Island and the growth we have had in the tourism sector over the past three years.  This new crew operation base at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, in addition to creating hundreds of jobs, confirms the confidence of the airline in the Puerto Rico market.  I thank JetBlue for choosing our Island for its continued economic growth on our Island.”

JetBlue’s General Manager – Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hector Camacho, added,

“I’m so proud of our crewmembers and their commitment to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, including here in Puerto Rico.  Whether through hands-on community engagement or volunteerism, our team is dedicated to serving our customers, our communities and fellow crewmembers on the island. I am certain that our crewmember’s commitment to give back is the secret ingredient that makes our airline so special.”

JetBlue is ‘New York’s Hometown Airline®’ and a leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO) and San Juan (SJU).  The airline carries guests to over 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, the UK (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Edinburgh), Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin.  JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.


Source: JetBlue/Businesswire


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