In February, Charleston will become the first airport in South Carolina with daily flights from discount air carrier JetBlue.
Gov. Nikki Haley welcomed the airline with the following statement:
“We are so excited to welcome JetBlue to South Carolina - this is huge for our state, and will bring more people to Charleston, the number one tourist destination in the country. It's a great day in South Carolina.”
JetBlue announced Wednesday it will service Charleston International Airport with twice daily nonstop service to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and one daily flight to Boston's Logan Field beginning Feb. 28.
JetBlue's flights from Charleston will be operated with its 100-seat Embraer E190 fleet. The airline boasts the most leg room in the skies as well as a free first checked bag and 36 free TV channels.
The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston County Aviation Authority and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce offered a combined $1-million incentive package to attract the airline, according to the Post and Courier.
The addition brings Charleston International Airport's total number of airlines to six. The airport is serviced by American, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways currently proivde service.