The airline is cutting routes from LaGuardia, JFK, and Logan airports.
JetBlue is phasing out more than a dozen routes across its network, significantly decreasing connectivity in the northeast.
As confirmed by aviation data company, Cirium to Travel + Leisure on Tuesday, the route cuts are planned through March and mostly impact its New York hub — where the airline first launched service at the turn of the millennium.
Out of JFK, JetBlue will end its 3 times daily route to Washington, D.C. in January. The route was “highly requested” by its customers, according to the airline's announcement, and was just inaugurated less than a month ago in mid-September.
Also in January, JetBlue will stop operating out of Burlington, Vermont, where it has operated twice daily flights to JFK since 2000. This route “accounts for 10 percent of all passengers flying into Burlington on a monthly basis” The Vermont Congressional Delegation wrote in a letter expressing their disappointment to the airline's CEO Robin Hayes.
From LaGuardia, the carrier will no longer fly to Bermuda, Cape Cod, Charleston, Denver, Jacksonville, Nashville, Portland, ME, and Sarasota. JetBlue will also cut routes from Newark to Boston and Miami, as well as from Boston to Rochester.
"The writing was on the wall when the DOJ won its case against the Northeast Alliance with American Airlines,” said Mike Arnot, an air analyst with Cirium, an aviation data company. “This will be felt across the Northeast, notably Burlington, Vermont, which now leaves the city with Delta and United to New York City area airports, but with the loss of the lower-cost service JetBlue provided. Losing service anywhere in the Northeast reduces capacity — supply of seats — and will result in higher fares across this intricate network."
These route adjustments came just before JetBlue’s earnings call, where the airline reported a $153 million net loss for Q3, attributed to weather challenges and rising fuel prices.
As the airline looks toward 2024, JetBlue continues to pursue its expansion into Europe, announcing seasonal service to Dublin and Edinburgh just last week.
A representative from JetBlue did not immediately respond to T+L's request for comment.
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