updated 1/4/2007 11:54:32 AM ET 2007-01-04T16:54:32

Discount carrier JetBlue Airways Corp. said Thursday it has begun offering flights to Chicago, making the city its 50th destination and the first new one this year.

The airline said it began nonstop service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles’ Long Beach airport.

“Chicago consistently ranked No. 1 on our customers’ wish list of destinations,” Chief Executive David Neeleman said in a statement.

The airline plans to offer up to five daily flights to New York and up to two daily flights to Long Beach. Regular one-way fares will range between $89 and $249 to New York, and between $109 and $349 to Long Beach. 

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