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.

“It’s powerful to bring together different stakeholders of the industry to information share and collaborate at an earlier stage in the innovation process.”

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.

The Bottom Line: 

JetBLue Technology Ventures (JTV) is including Vantage Airport Group in its enterprise, with the goal to expand airport technology and innovation, and thus provide the traveler with the best start-to-destination experience. This is an important partnership for both companies, which are each dedicated to innovation in their own spheres. Now, combining their influence, they will undoubtedly continue to renovate the client experience. 

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Author: Shannon Cantor