JetBlue Cancels Five Routes From LaGuardia Airport As It Has to Return Gates to American

by Anthony Losanno

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Last year, a judge ordered JetBlue and American Airlines to dissolve its Northeast Alliance. American Airlines and JetBlue Airways launched a strategic partnership in 2021 known as the Northeast Alliance. This allowed for codeshares, frequent flyer reciprocity, and closer alignment between the two carriers. Part of the alliance saw American give some of its gates at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to JetBlue. JetBlue would feed traffic to American so that it could use New York as an international gateway. With the dissolution, JetBlue had to wind down and return these gates to American. Yesterday, it updated its schedule to show five routes cut and frequencies reduced to three other cities.


Routes Being Cut Altogether

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) (currently operated 2x to 4x daily; ends on October 26th). The route is also flown nonstop by Delta Air Lines, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Delta dominates with up to 14x daily flights.
  • Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) (currently operated daily; ends on September 3rd). Delta operates this route seasonally.
  • New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) (currently operated daily; ends on June 12th). Delta and Southwest operate this route daily.
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) (the route has already ended). Delta flies 2x daily.
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) (currently operated by 1x to 2x daily; ends October 26th). The route is also flown is also flown by Delta Air Lines 1x to 2x daily.

Routes With Reduced Frequencies

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) (currently operated up to 8x daily) Delta and American Airlines currently fly this route daily.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) (currently operated up to 5x daily) Delta and Spirit currently have multiple daily flights.
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) (currently operated up to 5x daily) Delta and Spirit currently have multiple daily flights.

American Airlines has not announced that it will pick up any of these routes or add frequencies to Boston. We’ll have to wait and see what it does with the returned slots.

Anthony’s Take: JetBlue has had a rough year. These reductions are just the latest news from the carrier after it announced this week that it’s also reducing transatlantic flights.

(Featured Image Credit: JetBlue.)

(H/T: @JonNYC via X.)

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