JetBlue this morning announced that the carrier is adding 30 new domestic routes to serve customers in markets where leisure and VFR (visiting friends and relatives) travel is showing some signs of strength. The airline says that it will bring aircraft back into service that would otherwise sit idle, and add more flying opportunities for JetBlue crewmembers.
JetBlue will expand its Mint service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with daily nonstop service to both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Effective July 23rd, the airline will fly up to 3x daily to Los Angeles (LAX) and up to 2x daily to SFO. The same day, JetBlue will launch service from Newark to Charleston (CHS) – up to 1x daily and Jacksonville (JAX) – up to 1x daily. JetBlue will also compete with United on the following new routes that launch August 6th – Austin (AUS) up to 2x daily, San Diego (SAN) up to 1x daily, Las Vegas (LAS) up to 1x daily, Phoenix (PHX) up to 2x daily, Sarasota (SRQ) up to 1x daily.
At JFK, JetBlue is launching up to 2x daily flights to American hub Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Delta hub Detroit (DTW) on July 23rd. On August 6th they’ll also add service from JFK to Delta hub Minneapolis (MSP) – up to 2x daily. St Thomas (STT) service will resume October 1, up to 2x weekly. Meanwhile LaGuardia will see flights to Fort Myers and Tampa while Philadelphia adds Orlando, Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa, and San Juan.
Elsewhere in JetBlue’s focus cities and in Florida, the airline will launch new routes where there are small signs of recovery in leisure and visiting friends and relatives (VFR) travel. The airline says that adding more destinations in these markets will help make JetBlue more relevant to more travelers and drive loyalty. Outside of JetBlue focus cities, the airline is launching several new point-to-point routes that play to their strength in Florida.
JetBlue will reactivate some temporarily parked aircraft to support the new routes.
With the new routes and service announced today, as well as additional capacity added back into the July and August schedules, JetBlue intends to operate more than half of its typical capacity this summer to better match demand trends.
Additionally, nine temporarily closed cities and several summer seasonal destinations will reopen in early July:
- Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN)
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)
- Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
- Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Ponce, Puerto Rico Mercedita International Airport (PSE)
- Portland International Airport (PDX)
- Providence T. F. Green International Airport (PVD)
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EWR/LAX not loaded into summer schedule yet…