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After Schumer’s Push, JetBlue Is Set To Begin New Daily, Direct Flights From Greater Rochester International Airport To Boston Logan International Airport Starting Tomorrow, January 8th

Schumer Says New Route Will Connect Rochester Travelers With JetBlue’s International Carriers Network Flying Out Of Boston And Set Stage For Market Competitiveness

Schumer: New Roc-Bos Flights Mean Clear Skies Ahead For Rochester Families, Businesses And JetBlue

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, following his push, JetBlue will officially commence daily air service from Greater Rochester International Airport to Boston Logan International Airport starting tomorrow, January 8. Schumer detailed that the new roundtrip flights from Boston to Rochester will fly once per day. Schumer explained that the new route will boost competition and create availability of low-cost flights and connectivity in the United States and internationally for travelers and businesses in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. Schumer previously pushed to start a nonstop air service from Rochester, and says that the new route is a win-win for JetBlue and Rochester.

“Tomorrow’s opening of JetBlue’s nonstop service from Rochester to Boston means clear skies ahead for Rochester-Finger Lakes families and business travelers who will benefit greatly from a direct flight to Boston. As New York’s hometown airline, I’ve worked closely with JetBlue to add this new route and couldn’t be more pleased to see the company heed my call to open this new nonstop service to Boston, which is one of the most popular destinations for Rochester travelers and businesses,” said Senator Schumer. “Landing daily air service to Boston means more low-cost competition, more seats from Rochester to the high-demand BOS hub, and more connections to international markets. I’ve always strived to bring affordable and frequent air service to Upstate New York. Aviation can boost our local economies and connect our state with the rest of the world. I will continue fighting to ensure New York air travelers have as many low-cost options as possible.”

Schumer said that the first direct daily flight between Rochester and Boston will take off this Tuesday, on January 8, 2019. Schumer explained that the new route will pay huge dividends for the residents of the Rochester-Finger Lakes area, the regional economy, and JetBlue. First of all, Schumer said, the flight to Boston will connect Rochester travelers with JetBlue’s network of international carriers that fly out of Boston. This will open up new destinations for Rochester travelers across the United States, as well as internationally.

Additionally, Schumer explained, right now the only airline that flies from Rochester direct to Boston is American Airlines. Schumer said that JetBlue adding competition to this service can help keep prices affordable for Rochester travelers. Lastly, Schumer explained that the new route from Rochester to Boston has the potential to bring new travelers and businesses to Rochester, boosting the regional economy.

Schumer pushed for the new route from Rochester to Boston in numerous conversations with JetBlue officials. Schumer also explained that the new route to Boston fulfills JetBlue’s commitment of flying all Upstate airports direct to Boston, with Buffalo, Syracuse, and now Rochester all offering flights.

“This route is especially exciting as JetBlue will bring its low fares and award-winning service to another new route in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region,” said Rob Land, senior vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel, JetBlue.  “We thank Senator Schumer for his support and look forward to offering the Rochester community even more opportunities to enjoy the JetBlue experience.”

Schumer has been instrumental in bringing affordable and frequent air service to the Rochester-Finger Lakes region and to all of Upstate New York.  At Schumer’s urging, JetBlue began service to Rochester in early 2000 with non-stop flights to New York’s JFK airport. The new ROC-BOS services mark JetBlue’s second year-round nonstop route from Rochester. Schumer has long fought to bring new airlines and routes to Upstate New York cities, including helping to bring Southwest to Albany and JetBlue to Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester.

The new daily roundtrip ROC-BOS service on JetBlue’s 100-seat Embraer E-190 aircraft will connect Rochester travelers to JetBlue’s largest market with connections to more than 150 daily flights to 53 destinations.