If you’re a frequent JetBlue passenger, your choices may be limited the next time you book a flight. According to travel news site The Points Guy, the airline has stated that it would decrease flights to 17 destinations and phase out routes from its service map starting the first week of January 2024.
The adjustments will almost solely effect departures from northeastern airports. According to flight statistics, the airline will discontinue flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in New York.
According to The Points Guy, travelers in the New York City metro region would witness the largest cutbacks, including the elimination of service between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and between EWR and Miami International Airport (MIA).
However, the airline is cutting the most flights from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), dropping routes to Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA), Nashville International Airport (BNA), Charleston International Airport (CHS), Denver International Airport (DEN), Hyannis, Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Gateway Airport (HYA), Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Portland International Jetport (PWM), and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).
The airline will also discontinue its service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and CHS, the sole change that will not impact the northeast.
JetBlue has announced a big service adjustment in addition to the massive schedule reduction. According to the Burlington Free Press, the airline confirmed that it will discontinue its service from JFK to Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport (BTV), thereby eliminating the Vermont city from its network.
After more than 20 years of operation, the airline’s existence in the city is coming to an end. A spokeswoman for the firm cited continued challenges with air traffic control personnel as the major cause for the reduction in an email response to Best Life.
“Exiting a market is a difficult decision, however we expect the current air traffic controller shortage to last for some time and do not see a path to feasibly bringing back this flight,” the airline stated in a statement provided to Best Life. “We were privileged to have served the people of Vermont and appreciate the community’s support over the years,” the statement said, adding that the final day of service will be January 4, 2024.
According to the spokeswoman, the airline’s Northeast Alliance with American Airlines is also responsible for frequent modifications to its schedule.
JetBlue’s departure instantly drew authorities’ attention because of the substantial reduction in travel alternatives for Burlington. According to airport authorities, the route brought in an estimated 10% of all passengers to the airport.
“Passengers will still be able to take flight from Burlington to New York JFK via Delta Air Lines, as we will work via our partners United, American Airlines, and Delta Air Lines to extend services with the chance opening up,” said Nic Longo, BTV’s director of aviation, in a statement, according to the Burlington Free Press. “We are also in active talks with a handful of new airline partners to establish new routes and destinations to maintain our growth and meet growing passenger demands.”
Vermont’s legislative delegation also weighed in on the revisions, writing a letter to JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes signed by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Peter Welch, and U.S. Rep. Becca Balint. The organization argued that the decision “has the potential to harm businesses in our state and make travel for constituents between Vermont and the state of New York significantly more difficult,” according to local news site VT Digger.
“The news was particularly difficult since it came on the same day your corporation announced an expansion of your transatlantic service at JFK,” the group said in the letter. “We urge you not to leave those in rural areas behind by abandoning this essential service in places like Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport and remain willing to work with you to assist you address some of the circumstances that led to your decision.”
However, JetBlue isn’t the only airline undertaking substantial schedule modifications. Delta Air Lines stated this week that it would eliminate 10% of its flights from its New York hubs at JFK and LGA starting in January, according to The Points Guy. The modifications will result in fewer flights to places such as Bangor, Maine, Norfolk, Virginia, Syracuse, New York, and even Burlington, Vermont. The airline is also discontinuing service from LGA to Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) in New York.
United Airlines will similarly reduce its timetable next spring. According to recently uploaded flight statistics, according to Simple Flying, the airline will cancel 175 flights between EWR and DCA in April. The number of flights will vary in the next months, with many seeing comparable reductions in service until at least September.