JetBlue has made sweeping changes to its catalog of summer flights by canceling 27 of its domestic and international routes this week. The low cost airline – which is the seventh largest airline in the US by number of passengers carried – has made the decision to cut a large number of routes despite only recently announcing that it would be going into a partnership with Qatar Airways, which would see it able to serve a greater number of destinations around the world.
Both the East and West Coast are set to be affected by JetBlue’s route cutting decisions – but for most of the routes set to be cut, they are scheduled to return once more later on in the year. Here’s a look at which routes are set to be affected by the move, why the decision has been taken by the airline plus more on their new partnership.
JetBlue Cancels Routes – Information For Travelers
JetBlue has made sweeping changes to a range of both domestic and international flight options, with airports such as Fort Lauderdale and Newark set to be affected the most. Fortunately for travelers, they are only set to be without such routes for a few months over summer, with many of the affected routes set to return in October. Domestic routes set to be canceled are as follows:
- Fort Lauderdale-Chicago O’Hare (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Cleveland (ends May 3rd, returns restarts October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Portland (ends April 28th, returns October 31st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Seattle (ends April 29th, returns October 30th)
- Newark-Atlanta (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-Austin (ends April 29th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-Charleston (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-Jacksonville (ends April 30th, returns October 2nd)
- Newark-Las Vegas (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-Phoenix (ends April 29th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-Raleigh Durham (ends April 29th, returns October 1st)
- Newark-San Diego (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
Other Domestic Flights Cancelled This Summer:
- Boston-Key West (ends May 1st, returns October 30th)
- Hartford-Las Vegas (ends April 30th, returns October 1st (December 2020)
- Hartford-San Francisco (ends April 29th, returns October 2nd)
- JFK-Key West (ends May 1st, returns October 30th)
- Los Angeles-Austin (ends April 30th, returns October 1st)
- Los Angeles-Raleigh Durham (ends April 29th, returns October 1st)
- Los Angeles-West Palm Beach (ends April 29th, returns October 2nd)
International flights that are set to be canceled over summer by JetBlue over the summer are as follows:
- Fort Lauderdale-Cartagena (ends April 30th, restarts October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Grand Cayman (ends April 30th, restarts October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Port of Spain (ends April 30th, restarts October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-Providenciales (ends April 30th, restarts October 1st)
- Fort Lauderdale-St Maarten (ends April 30th, restarts October 1st)
- Los Angeles-San Jose (Costa Rica) (ends April 30th, restarts November 1st)
Two international flights are set to be cut for good. They are:
- Nashville-Cancun – ends April 30th
- Austin-Cancun – ends April 30th
Most of the flights that are being cancelled over summer are flights that were launched during the pandemic, and many were not expected to become permanent features. The cuts also come amidst a backdrop of rising fuel prices and staff shortages meaning airlines have had to prioritize which flights they will be offering this summer.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom at JetBlue. In addition to adding new routes recently, the airline announced it would be launching a partnership with leading airline Qatar Airways, connecting JetBlue travelers with Qatar’s 82 international destinations. There are also plans underway to allow passengers of both airlines to be able redeem their accumulated frequent flyer points across either airline – opening the door to a wide range of benefits around the world.
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