JetBlue Airways is aiming to add more routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as part of its goal to grow its presence from 65 daily flights to 100 flights, CEO Dave Barger told the Sun Sentinel Thursday before speaking at an event in Davie.
The new destinations likely to be added to its Fort Lauderdale network in the near future are Quito, Ecuador, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Barger said.
"It's very likely these routes will play out for us," said Barger, who was in town to deliver the keynote address at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Annual Meeting and Dinner event at Signature Grand.
JetBlue has been bullishly adding new routes from the airport in the past two years. This summer it began new service from Fort Lauderrdale to Medellin, Colombia and San Jose, Costa Rica, Next month, it'll begin flying to Worchester, Mass. and Lima, Peru, and in December to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The carrier also announced plans for new service to Port of Spain, Trinidad next May.
Among its plans to continue growing at the Fort Lauderdale include the addition of a maintenance base to service its aircraft.
Talks are presently afoot with airport officials to identify possible locations for a hangar, Barger said.
The New York-based value carrier is the No.1 carrier at the Fort Lauderdale airport this year through August with 18.7 percent of passenger traffic ahead of Spirit Airlines' 17.6 percent, according to the latest airport data.