Naples Airport officials meet with JetBlue about future service

In this June 2, 2010, a JetBlue airplane takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Photo by Seth Wenig, AP Photo/ Seth Wenig, file

In this June 2, 2010, a JetBlue airplane takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Naples Municipal Airport officials traveled to New York City and JetBlue headquarters for a meeting Monday.

Airport Executive Director Ted Soliday said no decisions have been made about bringing the commercial airliner to Naples, but each party shared questions and concerns.

"We had a very productive meeting," Soliday said. "Now we're all going to do some homework."

JetBlue has proposed coming to Naples and flying the EMB 190 aircraft weighing in at up to 115,000 pounds, but the airport enforces a weight limit of 75,000 pounds.

At its last meeting, commissioners of the airport authority learned they could get a weight waiver through the Federal Aviation Administration, which would allow heavier planes to land on the runway.

The decision of whether to pursue such a waiver is among those lingering hurdles in a potential deal with JetBlue, which lands in 71 national and international destinations.

Soliday said airport authority board members will be briefed on the discussion and staff will begin working on questions raised by the airport, though he was tight-lipped on those details.

JetBlue declined an invitation to attend an Oct. 18 meeting of the airport authority in Naples, Soliday said.

JetBlue officials could not be reached for comment but have said they do not discuss the "content of meetings with our partners."

Soliday stayed in New York overnight Sunday and met Monday morning with three JetBlue officials for about an hour along with Commissioner Ernest Linneman of the airport authority.

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