JetBlue offers new non-stop flights to D.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- There's a party set to take off at Charleston International Airport. The celebration comes courtesy of JetBlue offering two new daily direct flights from Charleston to Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport with service starting June 19.

"Big news for the community, big news for the airport -- especially during all the construction that is going on here," said Al Britnell, Deputy Director of Airports at Charleston International Airport.

JetBlue touched down in Charleston in 2012 and the already expanded service shows the fast and growing need for more flights to and from the area.

"That kind of confirms the confidence that the airlines have in Charleston," Britnell said. "Charleston is a growing market, an exciting market and the addition of these two flights gives our travelers, especially our business travelers, additional choices to travel back and forth to Washington."

The airport is currently undergoing a $189 million renovation over the next two years to keep up with the increasing flight demand and to bring the structure to modern times.

"Charleston is not the sleepy little airport that it once was," Britnell said. "As a result of all the attention, the airport has to grow with that attention and with the level of activity that we continue to see the growth."

Travelers at Charleston International are on board with the new JetBlue service.

"It's good and it is going to bring more people to the city, more tourism, so it's good," said traveler Victor Bejar.

"Everybody wants more options and has a place to go and this helps them get there, it's great," said Tom Higgenson, who was catching a flight.

An event to celebrate the new JetBlue service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday by the airline's ticket counter at the airport..

Officials confirm that airport construction at Charleston International is on-schedule with a 2015 completion date.

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