Demand for JetBlue leads to fourth flight out of Charleston even before it starts service

** FILE ** JetBlue (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Demand for JetBlue Airways even before it starts service out of Charleston next week has led the low-cost carrier to add a fourth flight to Boston on Saturdays, starting April 6.

The New York-based low-cost carrier begins service out of Charleston Feb. 28 with three daily flights: two to John F. Kennedy International and one to Boston’s Logan International.

“What a credit to Charleston for advance sales,” said Helen Hill, executive director of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which lobbied nearly three years to bring the airline to the Lowcountry.

The airline will bring 15 jobs to Charleston with several of them hired locally, JetBlue station manager Chris Plunkett told members of Charleston County Aviation Authority during their monthly meeting today.

“We are excited to be here and serve this great community,” Plunkett said.

JetBlue announced in September it would start service at the end of February out of Charleston.

A huge reception, with a water cannon salute over the first plane, is planned one week from today when the first flight from New York touches down in Charleston shortly before 10 a.m.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier, including a feature on the airline and its service in Sunday’s Money section.

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