Today, we announced a series of network changes to help accelerate our growth in our Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York focus cities and better match our routes to customer demand.
We’re excited to share that this reallocation of service will result in a new JetBlue city in Ecuador, new routes between current JetBlue cities, and more flights on two dozen of our most popular routes. To free up aircraft for the introduction of the new flying, we’ve also had to make the difficult decision to reduce certain underperforming routes.
New Destination – Guayaquil, Ecuador
We are excited to launch new service at Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) with daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) beginning in the first quarter of 2019 (a). Guayaquil will be our second city in Ecuador – Quito launched in 2016 – and the sixth JetBlue city in South America overall. Seats will go out for sale in the coming weeks.
Ecuador’s largest city and main port, Guayaquil boasts revitalized squares, parks and various urban-renewal projects, and also has a growing theater, film and arts scene. The riverfront promenade and modern shopping arcades all over the city attract tourism from inside and outside the country. Guayaquil, home to some two million people, also serves as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the famous Galapagos Islands.
We also serve Quito, Ecuador with daily nonstop service to/from Fort Lauderdale.
With a strong network focused on nonstop flights between your favorite destinations, we often hear from customers looking to find those direct flights between their favorite JetBlue cities. Beginning this winter, we will introduce four new routes to the airline’s network, connecting more customers with destinations across our route map:
- Boston and Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)
- Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Fort Lauderdale and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) (a)
- Providence’s T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Roundtrip flights on all four new routes will operate once daily and in addition to creating new nonstop choices for travelers, the new Boston and Fort Lauderdale routes also open up a variety of new or improved connections for customers traveling through these focus cities. Seats on all four new routes are on sale today.
More Flights on Your Favorite Routes
In addition to the new routes and destination, we’ll also be increasing the number of flights on nearly two dozen of our most popular existing nonstop routes in the Northeast, Florida and the Caribbean.
In Boston, in addition to new nonstop Rochester service, we will be boosting flights on nine additional existing routes. JetBlue will soon offer flights to more than 70 nonstop destinations from Boston – more than any other airline – and is already the leader in number of customers carried and total daily departures.
In Fort Lauderdale, our South Florida focus city plays a key role in supporting our growing route map and offers flights to nearly every corner of our network from Lima to Los Angeles. It is one of JetBlue’s fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. In addition to our new destinations, we’ll also be growing our presence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with additional frequencies to customer favorites, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Nassau (NAS). With these additions, we continue on our path to have up to 140 daily departures in the coming years.
As New York’s Hometown Airline®, JetBlue will also boost service on a variety of routes customers love from our home at JFK’s award-winning T5. JetBlue travelers can expect more travel choices on flights to Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean and summer seasonal favorites like Nantucket.
Making Valuable Aircraft Time Available By Reducing Underperforming Flying
To support new city and multi-route expansions, while increasing service in the strongest parts of our network, we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce flights in some existing markets. Effective January 8, 2019, JetBlue will eliminate service in:
- Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
- St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Customers in these cities will still be able to access JetBlue service at other area airports or will be able to utilize service with JetBlue partner airlines.
We will also be scaling back flying on a number of other underperforming routes beginning in January, including select flights serving Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. In Mexico City, where JetBlue is launching new service from Boston and New York-JFK, we will reduce our twice daily service from both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando International Airport (MCO) to once daily between each Florida focus city and the Mexican capital in the first quarter of 2019.
At the Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine, we will transition from year-round daily service to daily summer seasonal service. The final day of current service levels will be January 7, 2019. Service will then resume on a summer seasonal schedule starting in spring 2019. Portland is a customer-favorite destination and sees a strong surge in travel during the warmer months of the year. In response to customer travel patterns and demand, we will continue that focus on providing our award-winning service and a customer-friendly schedule during the summer travel season.
(a) Subject to receipt of government operating authority.