JetBlue has temporarily suspended 27 leisure routes this summer. Two of them, the Austin-Cancun and Nashville-Cancun routes, have been permanently suspended.
According to experts, rising costs driven by the Russian invasion of Ukraine are prompting airlines to reduce leisure routes launched during the pandemic, making longer-haul flights that consume more fuel less profitable for airlines.
According to a statement signed by Jetblue and published on CBS MoneyWatch: “Over the summer, we will temporarily suspend flights on several routes to support our fuel initiatives and further improve our operational performance,” the company said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch. .
“Many of these routes were chosen because they fall into one of three categories: long-haul routes that burn more fuel; routes that don’t make financial sense with high fuel prices; or routes that present specific operational challenges”.
In fact, 20 (74%) of the new routes were added during the pandemic, confirming the prediction from the airline’s CEO last year: “We’ve expanded a lot – and many routes won’t stop here.”
More than 44% of the 27 airport pairs involve Florida and nearly 37% are more than 3,219 km in length.
Los Angeles to San Jose (Costa Rica) is the longest interrupted route, and it is also JetBlue’s fourth longest route, behind JFK-Gatwick, JFK-Heathrow and JFK-Guayaquil. The fifth-longest flight, Fort Lauderdale-Seattle, was also delayed.
Here is the list of temporarily interrupted routes:
|Austin (USA)||Orlando (MCO)|
|Austin (USA)||Raleigh Durham (RDU)|
|Austin (USA)||San Francisco (SFO)|
|Boston (BOS)||Burbank (BUR)|
|Boston (BOS)||San Jose (SJC)||Court from October 2021 to April 2022|
|Fort Myers (RSW)||Cleveland (CLE)|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||Seattle (MAR)||Court from October 2021 to April 2022|
|Orlando (MCO)||Atlanta (ATL)|
|Orlando (MCO)||Bogota (BOG)||Will only work during peak holiday season in December and January|
|Orlando (MCO)||Philadelphia (PHL)|
|Orlando (MCO)||Raleigh Durham (RDU)|
|Orlando (MCO)||San Francisco (SFO)|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||Fort Myers (RSW)|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||Cover (TPA)|
|Pittsburgh (PIT)||Fort Lauderdale (FLL)|
|Pittsburgh (PIT)||West Palm Beach (PBI)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||Fort Myers (RSW)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||Jacksonville (JAX)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||Las Vegas (LAS)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||San Francisco (SFO)|
|Raleigh Durham (RDU)||Cover (TPA)|
|Richmond (RIC)||Las Vegas (LAS)|
|Richmond (RIC)||Los Angeles (LAX)||Court from October 2021 to April 2022|
|Cover (TPA)||Washington/National (DCA)|
|West Palm Beach (PBI)||Chicago (ORD)|
|West Palm Beach (PBI)||Philadelphia (PHL)|