by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 28, 2016

JetBlue, the largest carrier in Boston, is expanding service from the Massachusetts capital to the New York metropolitan area, in the process now calling itself "New York's Hometown Airline."

"Increased competition in the congested New York market opens the door to better service and lower fares for our hometown New York customers," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue president and CEO. "The FAA's decision to ease slot restrictions at Newark allows us to bring more low-fare, award-winning service to Newark, and clears the way for a long overdue alternative between LaGuardia Airport and Boston for those who have been priced out of air travel and onto the roads and rails by high-fare legacy carriers."

Starting on Oct. 31, 2016, JetBlue will offer six-times-a-day weekday service between LaGuardia and Boston's Logan International Airport, as well as two roundtrips on Saturdays and three roundtrips on Sundays. Seats are available for purchase beginning today, April 28, with on-way fares starting at $49.

The airline also is expanding at Newark Liberty International Airport, adding frequencies between Newark and five Florida destinations: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport and Fort Myers' Southwest Florida International Airport. JetBlue will operate up to 30 daily flights out of Newark beginning Oct. 30, 2016; those seats go on sale starting this Sunday, May 1.

The new flights between Logan and LaGuardia are part of JetBlue's plan to reach and surpass 150 daily flights in Boston, where it is the top airline in both flights per day and destinations served.