- JetBlue is permanently cutting two routes and suspending seven others ahead of the busy summer travel season.
- A company spokesperson told Insider the decision was due, in part, to “significantly higher fuel prices.”
- The news comes as JetBlue makes proactive changes to its flight schedule to reduce potential disruptions.
JetBlue is adjusting its flight schedule to accommodate the upcoming busy summer travel season, including reducing capacity and removing or suspending routes.
On Tuesday, JetBlue confirmed to Insider that it was permanently exiting two markets — Boise, Idaho and Kalispell, Montana — and suspending seven routes until after the summer.
The airports cut are mostly small markets and seven of the nine routes launched after the pandemic began, but it’s no surprise they’re being cut.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes told Simple Flying in October 2021 that the volume of new routes launched during COVID-19 were temporary revenue opportunities and that the airline would return “to its roots and its long-term plan. term”.
“We’ve grown a lot – and a lot of routes won’t stay,” he said.
The news comes a month after the airline revealed it was cutting or suspending 27 routes this summer, such as Hartford to Las Vegas and Nashville to Cancun.
According to a company spokesperson, the airline made the changes early last week and the cuts were made to “ease the strain on our operations during this busy season so our customers can count on us to get where they need to go”.
He also told Insider that some of the routes “didn’t make as much sense” given the current circumstances of “significantly higher fuel prices.”
However, he said, despite the cuts, JetBlue’s strong Northeast alliance with American Airlines has allowed it to expand its network from New York’s three major airports. Specifically, the carrier will operate nearly 300 daily departures this summer, up from around 200 in 2019.
Here are the 9 routes JetBlue is cutting or suspending.
- Between New York and Boise, Idaho: JetBlue will permanently leave Boise after making its last flight to the city in September 2021. The route was the only nonstop connection from Boise to New York, but the airport still offers more than two dozen routes from other airlines. , such as Delta Air Lines, Avelo Airlines, United Airlines and Spirit Airlines.
- Between New York and Kalispell, Montana: JetBlue will permanently leave Kalispell after making its last flight to the city in September 2021. The airport is still served from New York by American Airlines.
- Between Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti: JetBlue has temporarily suspended its route between Boston and Port-au-Prince. The route was last operated in March and will return to once a week on September 10 and change to twice a week on November 2.
- Between Los Angeles and Richmond, Virginia: JetBlue has temporarily suspended its route between Los Angeles and Richmond. The route was last operated in October and will return four times a week on August 1.
- Between Miami and Hartford, Connecticut: JetBlue will temporarily suspend its route between Miami and Hartford starting June 1. The flight will return on September 8 as a five-times-a-week service.
- Between Newark and Aguadilla, Puerto Rica: JetBlue has temporarily suspended its route between Newark and Aguadilla. The route was last operated in January and will return four times a week on September 8.
- Between Newark and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: JetBlue has temporarily suspended its route between Newark and Martha’s Vineyard. The route was last operated in October and will return three times a week on September 9.
- Between Newark and Nantucket, Massachusetts: JetBlue has temporarily suspended its route between Newark and Nantucket. The route was last operated in October and will return three times a week on September 9.
- Between West Palm Beach and Providence, Rhode Island: JetBlue will temporarily suspend its route between West Palm Beach and Providence starting June 1. The flight will return on September 7 as a once-a-week service.
The cuts come as JetBlue continues to make changes to its network to prepare for the summer, which also includes hiring more workers, reducing wait times for customer support calls and proactive efforts for aircraft maintenance.
“We want customers who love the JetBlue experience to have confidence that we’re bringing it to them this summer,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue. “We let our crew and customers down in April, and we need to perform better. The investments we are making will help reduce delays and cancellations during the busiest travel period.”
The changes will reduce JetBlue’s growth, according to the airline, which forecast an 11% to 15% increase in capacity in 2022 compared to 2019, but now anticipates growth of 0% to 5%.
The announcement follows cuts already made earlier this month. On April 11, JetBlue told CNN it was canceling 8-10% of its flights from May following a series of disruptions the airline blamed on weather and air traffic control issues.