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Discount Flyers Rejoice: New Direct Flights Announced Out Of Reagan National

JetBlue fans will find more cheap flights out of Reagan National starting this summer.
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JetBlue fans will find more cheap flights out of Reagan National starting this summer.

For those who travel out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, discount airline JetBlue will soon offer direct flights to three new destinations — Charleston, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; and Nassau, Bahamas.

The new destinations come as a consequence of the recent merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The Justice Department forced the new airline, now the largest in the country, to surrender some of its spots at Reagan National to level the playing field with other carriers and minimize the potential harm to consumers.

"We congratulate JetBlue on this expanded service," said Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter. "We welcome additional options for the 42 million people who use Reagan National and Dulles International airports each year to reach 110 U.S. cities and more than 50 destinations around the world."

Direct flights to Charleston and Hartford will occur twice daily, and service to Nassau will be once a day, pending approval from regulators. Those take effect June 19. They will also be adding a second daily flight to Tampa Bay, Fla., effective July 2.

Information on the rest of the slots being divested by American Airlines, including both JetBlue and fellow discount carrier Southwest, will be made available later this year.

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