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JetBlue Reduces Service, Cuts Flights in Network Shake-Up

The airline is trimming its operations in several markets.

A JetBlue Airbus A320 taxis in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

JetBlue is pulling back the throttles in several domestic and international markets. According to a CNBC report, the New York-based carrier told employees that it will bet on “bread and butter” routes as it emerges from a failed merger attempt with Spirit.

As part of the planned route cuts, much of the airline’s West Coast route network will take a hit. From Los Angeles, JetBlue says it will reduce departures from 34 to 24 per day, nixing routes to San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, Reno, and Puerto Vallarta among others.

Premium-heavy transcontinental routes will become more of a focus, the carrier said in an internal memo viewed by CNBC. “With less aircraft time available and the need to improve our financial performance, more than ever, every route has to earn its right to stay in the network,” Dave Jehn, JetBlue’s Vice President of Network Planning and Airline Partnerships, told employees.

International Cuts

Starting in June 2024, the carrier plans to cut a handful of international routes to Latin America. From its Fort Lauderdale hub, the airline says it will cancel service to Bogota, Quito, and Lima.

According to Cirium Diio data, all three markets are currently served daily.

Other Domestic Cuts

Joining the West Coast service reductions, JetBlue plans to cancel service to Kansas City. In addition, flights to Austin, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta are on the chopping block from Fort Lauderdale.

Service to Detroit will also be cut from New York-JFK. The domestic cuts from Fort Lauderdale alone account for a reduction of approximately 172 flights in June.

The route cuts are expected to take effect starting in June 2024. The airline says it is prioritizing more profitable East Coast and Caribbean flights.

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