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St. Maarten Gets JetBlue Direct Service From Puerto Rico, Daily Flights From San Juan Start Nov. 17, 2011

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (Nov. 15, 2011) - St. Maarten becomes more accessible for travelers looking to vacation on the "Friendly Island" with the launch of JetBlue Airways daily direct service from San Juan, Puerto Rico Luis Munoz Marin Airport (SJU) to Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) in St. Maarten beginning Nov. 17, 2011.

"We are very excited about the launch of new daily flights from San Juan as it augments our existing non-stop JetBlue service from New York and Boston and allows travelers from other JetBlue gateways throughout the U.S. to connect to 'the friendly island' more conveniently," said Honorable Franklin Meyers, Minister of Economic Affairs, Tourism, Transportation and Telecommunications.

"Puerto Rico has become a very strategic and important market for us; this new route to St. Maarten is a natural add," said David Clarke, director of route planning. "We're pleased with how the community has responded with a great welcoming and a lot of support."

The direct service from San Juan will occur once daily at 2:00 pm arriving into St. Maarten at 2:56 pm. The new route will provide convenient connections for travelers coming from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL), Orlando International Airport (MCO), Tampa International Airport (TPA), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The first inaugural service to St. Maarten will be operated by JetBlue's Embraer E190 aircraft which offers two-by-two, leather seating. Customers will also enjoy a first-checked bag free, award-winning customer service and unlimited, complimentary snacks and drinks.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is Puerto Rico's #1 airline, with focus cities in New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control.

Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 68 cities with 650 daily flights and later this year plans to introduce service to St. Croix and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JET-BLUE (1-800-538-2583), TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.

St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As "the culinary capital of the Caribbean," St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island's 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island's scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel. For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

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