The Connecticut Airport Authority announced Tuesday that JetBlue Airways is adding 38 jobs at Bradley International Airport, with all in place by Dec. 1, to do maintenance or baggage handling, or to work as ticket agents, baggage claim representatives. JetBlue will have 62 workers in all at Bradley with the additional hires.
The CAA applauded the move, which follows the news that American Airlines shed 56 jobs in November. American Airlines planned to hire an outsourcing firm to take care of the same services JetBlue is adding. It’s unknown how many of the American employees were hired by the outsourcing firm.
JetBlue didn’t end up hiring any of the displaced American workers, according to spokeswoman Tamara Young.
Right now, JetBlue offers six flights a day from Hartford, with direct flights to San Juan, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Beginning December 20th, it will have eight flights a day, and Young said the daily flights will be higher still in 2013, but exactly how many is yet to be determined.
She said the hiring was done to prepare for the increase in traffic in 2013.