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Southwest Airlines Co. launched five nonstop flights to Baltimore and Chicago earlier this month and JetBlue Airways Corp seem to follow suit. On Thursday, JetBlue announced that it is going to launch four nonstop flights on a daily basis, direct from Boston to Baltimore in the month of June.

Awaiting an approval by the government, JetBlue announced that it will start the four daily flights to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) on the 1st day of October.

Whereas fares for the Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. were said to be $49, JetBlue said the fares would begin at $39. In light to this, the Forest Hills, New York based flight carrier has already began sales on the said routes because as expected, the carrier faces stiff competition from Virgin America and Southwest Airlines Co.

Southwest Airlines earlier on in the month announced that its services from Logan Airport in Boston to Baltimore and Chicago will officially commence on the 16th of August with 10 nonstop flights daily.

During the announcements, JetBlue also announced that it equally will commence services to Jamaica on the 21st day of May. The carrier reiterated its commitment and endeavors to be the most preferred airline in the region by announcing on Thursday its plans to launch in the near future services from New York to Barbados. This move will add to the already big number of flights from John F. Kennedy international Airport, (JetBlue’s home-based airport) to the Caribbean.

Before the announcements on Thursday, JetBlue had earlier released its first-quarter turnover because it paid less for fuel and harnessed other costs. It was the first time for JetBlue, since 2005 to make a profit in the first-quarter of the year, particularly considering the fact that it is a very feeble financial period for most airlines. The stock markets saw the shares drop a penny down to $5.57 during the mid-morning trading.

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