American low-cost airline JetBlue is coming to Canada for the first time, with flights into Vancouver scheduled for the summer of next year.
“We’re delighted that JetBlue has selected Vancouver as its first Canadian destination with service from YVR to New York City and Boston,” Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, said in a statement.
Vrooman said JetBlue’s decision to come to Vancouver was a vote of confidence in the region that will attract business and leisure travellers “when the time is right to fly again.”
JetBlue’s move into Canada was part an announced expansion that also included six other destinations in the U.S. and Honduras.
“Almost since day one, both our customers and crew members have been asking us to add flights to the middle of the country and into Canada,” said Scott Laurence, the company’s head of revenue and planning. “We can’t wait to shake up the status quo in these markets currently dominated by high-fare carriers.”