D/FW AIRPORT — The low-cost carrier JetBlue celebrated its inaugural flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Boston on Tuesday.
The airline plans to fly three flights a day between the cities.
The fares for the flights reveal a definite savings for D/FW travelers. If you book your flight two weeks in advance round-trip to Boston on weekdays, it costs $280. The same ticket scheduled for weekend travel on JetBlue will costs $400. The average round-trip ticket from D/FW to Boston costs $350, according to Farecompare.com.
New York-based JetBlue is the latest airline arriving at D/FW International looking to tap into the large number of business travelers.
Last year alone, D/FW airlines grew their networks by adding nine new international cities and 10 more U.S. cities to the overall D/FW International flight schedule.
At the same time, fewer people are flying the now-bankrupt American Airlines, which controls 85 percent of flights overall out of the airport. If the airline merges with US Airways, the likely result will be fewer and more expensive flights.
However, JetBlue's arrival with low-cost fares to Boston is going to turn up the heat at D/FW. At the very least, fares to Boston will have to remain competitive aboard all airlines. At Farecompare.com, they're even predicting a small fare-war on flights to Boston, just in time for summer travel plans.