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JetBlue comes to Reagan National Airport; Gettysburg Festival begins June 18

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JetBlue spreads its wings

Traveling from Washington to Boston and Florida will become much easier starting Nov. 1, when JetBlue begins service out of Reagan National. The airline will operate nine daily nonstop flights: seven to Boston, one to Orlando and one to Fort Lauderdale.

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Chief executive Dave Barger told CoGo that this is just the beginning. "We will absolutely continue to grow in DCA," he said.

JetBlue already flies out of Washington Dulles and BWI Marshall. With the National flights, the airline will have 18 flights a day from Washington's airports to Boston.

Advance-purchase sales to Boston will start at $64 one way, with last-minute fares from $244 each way. Asked whether JetBlue would follow its competitors in adding or raising baggage fees, Barger said there were no immediate plans to do so. JetBlue allows customers to check one bag for free. He also said that there are no plans to add a carry-on baggage fee, as Spirit Airlines recently did. "We don't believe in nickel-and-diming the customer," Barger said.

As for last week's proposals by the Department of Transportation to rein in some airline practices, Barger said that the airline supports consumer protection. The proposals would force airlines to increase the amount they pay passengers for involuntarily bumping them from flights, reimburse them when bags don't arrive on time, post baggage fees prominently and give passengers better information about flight status.

JetBlue already has made it a practice to reimburse customers for delayed baggage and to refrain from overselling, Barger said. He did say, however, that the airline would have to look more closely at the proposal to give passengers 24 hours to cancel reservations without penalty.

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Get your eyes, ears and stomachs ready for the 10-day Gettysburg Festival, starting June 18. Entertainment covers a span of genres: culinary arts, cabaret, jazz and more. Boldface-name stars include musician Kevin Eubanks and former White House chef Walter Scheib. Ticket prices vary, with many free events. Info: 717-337-8200, 717-334-0853, http://www.gettysburgfestival.org.

Reporting: Andrea Sachs and Nancy Trejos. Help feed CoGo. Send travel news to: cogo@washpost.com. By mail: CoGo, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.


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