JetBlue drops routes to cut losses after merger collapse | Airlines


New York-based JetBlue Airways has announced it will terminate services to several of its domestic and international destinations in a bid to cut costs and reduce losses following the termination of its $3.8 billion merger plans with fellow US carrier Spirit Airlines in February 2024.

Under the cost-cutting plan, the carrier will swing the axe over routes from its loss-making west coast US hub located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as well as from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) in Florida.

From Los Angeles, JetBlue will cut almost a third of its flights from the airport effective from June 2024. Routes to be cut include those to Miami (MIA), Las Vegas (LAS), Reno (RNO), Seattle (SEA), and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier will also drop international routes from Los Angeles to Cancun (CUN), Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), and Puerto Vallarta (PVR).  In all, the number of daily departures from the airport will drop from 34 to 24 per day.


From Fort Lauderdale, the carrier will eliminate flights to several cities including Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Nashville (BNA), New Orleans (MSY), and Salt Lake City (SLC).

In addition to the service cuts from Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue says it will also completely exit the markets from Kansa City (MCI), Newburgh-Stewart (SWF), Bogotá Colombia (BOG), Quito, Ecuador (UIA), and Lima, Peru (LIM) with all services ending on June 13, 2024.

Elsewhere on the JetBlue network, services will also be dropped between Tampa (TPA) and Aguadilla (BQA), Orlando (MCO) to Salt Lake City (SLC), and New York-JFK to Detroit (DTW).

The swingeing service cuts come amid a broader strategy evaluation of the airline (including its route network and fleet size) instigated by the company’s new CEO, Joanne Geraghty. The airline had been losing both customers and money throughout 2023 – a process that has continued into 2024.

Additionally, the carrier’s abandoned merger plans with Spirit Airlines means…

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