Discount airline JetBlue Airways Corp. announced Thursday that it will offer three daily non-stop flights from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport starting May 24, adding a fourth July 15.


It will mark Burbank's first non-stop service to the East Coast. No new gates are available at the Burbank airport, but JetBlue will take gates to be vacated by Aloha Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in December, starting in April.


New York-based JetBlue already offered non-stop flights from Long Beach Airport to New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston. While Long Beach Airport is close to passengers from Orange County, Burbank is larger and closer to the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys and Hollywood. Long Beach served 2.9 million passengers in 2004.

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