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Sammons: JetBlue 'very interested' in coming to Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Low cost airline JetBlue appears to be showing some interest in Memphis.

Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority Chairman Jack Sammons told FOX13 News that he met with JetBlue representatives in the past week and that they are "very interested" in coming to Memphis in the near future.
 
This news comes less than three months after Southwest Airlines began offering flights in and out of Memphis International Airport.

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"We are in a relentless pursuit to bringing affordable air service to Memphis," Sammons said. "That entails making visits to the airlines and meeting with their executives, their chief executives, and network planning officers. We've had great reception."

In September 2012 U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) said he approached the president of JetBlue at a transportation committee meeting about bringing the airline's services to Memphis.

Sammons said he thinks even more exciting things are in store for Memphis International.

"It's a major investment for them to being these large jets," Sammons said. "It's not decisions that are made overnight, but I think by the end of the year we'll have a number of airlines that will make some announcement that they will be coming to Memphis. We are very optimistic."

In addition to Southwest Airlines, which started nonstop service in November 2013 to five cities, Denver-based Frontier Airlines will start weekly nonstop service from Memphis to Denver.

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