Vantage Airport Group has become the second partner to join
JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV) international innovation program.
JTV is the venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue Airways. Vantage
is an investor, developer and manager of airports around the world.
La Guardia in New York, Midway International in Chicago and airports in Cyprus, Jamaica, Canada and the Bahamas are in the Vantage network of facilities.
JTV created its International Partnership Program in July
2018 with Air New Zealand as the launch partner. The program is intended to
bring together like-minded companies that are embracing emerging technologies
and working with startups to improve travel.
JTV says it will work with the two partners to “improve
efficiencies in shared infrastructure and processes and enhance the end-to-end
travel journey for customers around the world.”
“We’re very excited to welcome Vantage to our International
Partnership Program and look forward to ideating together to create the airport
and travel experiences of the future,” says Amy Burr, managing director of
operations and partnerships at JTV.
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“It’s powerful to bring together different stakeholders of
the industry to information share and collaborate at an earlier stage in the
As a program partner, Vantage will also have access to
Silicon Valley’s startup scene. The company has housed its director of
innovation partnerships in JTV’s office in Silicon Valley.
“In our 25-year history, Vantage has always embraced
different ways of making airports better, so this partnership is an important
evolution in our growth as a company committed to innovation,” says Wes Porter,
vice president of innovation at Vantage Airport Group.
“The opportunity to work with like-minded partners to
improve the travel journey through new and emerging technologies is exciting
for Vantage as we seek to enhance the experience of the more than 57 million
guests that travel through our airport network every year.”
Vantage is also working with JetBlue Airways to develop the carrier’s
terminal expansion at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
JTV plans to announce other travel and hospitality providers
joining the international innovation program over the coming months.
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