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      JetBlue to kick off CHS-DCA nonstop flights with $44 fares

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - JetBlue announced Thursdaythat it plans to expand its business at Charleston International Airport thissummer.

      According to the company, it will begin twice daily non-stopflights on June 19 to and from Washington's Reagan Airport. The flights willleave Charleston at 7:25 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. Flights from Washington will departat 12:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

      JetBlue is also offering introductory fares for $44 forone-way travel, including taxes and fees between Charleston and Washington. Thefares are only available for purchase on Thursday, March 6.

      "Just last week we celebrated our first year of serving theCharleston market, and it has been a terrific success for JetBlue," said ScottLaurence, the airline's vice president of network planning. "Thanks to thestrong support of the local community we're pleased to be growing in Charlestonand look forward to bringing down fares to the nation's capital, just as we'vedone to other cities we serve from Charleston."

      "I am excited to learn that JetBlue will be providing directflights from Charleston to Washington, D.C. in the near future," said U.S. Rep.Mark Sanford of South Carolina. "New connections like these say the obvious -more people each day want to come to Charleston! In that regard, this isultimately a compliment to the people of the Lowcountry of South Carolina andthe hospitality we offer. So for both the economic impact and the connection, Ijoin with others in complimenting JetBlue."

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