JetBlue has made it clear in recent months it is willing to experiment with new routes and markets. The next round of that effort is expected to be unveiled on Thursday. The carrier will likely add multiple new Blue Cities and boost a mini-focus city.
Some of the rumored routes are already showing up for sale on the carrier’s site.
Key West is confirmed as a new market, for example, with nonstop flights to Boston and JFK available from 11 February. Previously that market was only available for JetBlue customers via a connection on Silver Airways.
It will be interesting to see if the Key West market shifts to the A220 earlier than not given the performance differences between that and the E190.
Miami is also
likely a new market, with the airport teasing the possibility, too. Service is confirmed to at least Los Angeles, Boston, JFK and Newark, also from mid-February.
The LAX flights (at least 2x daily loaded in the initial schedule) will offer Mint service and how that move fits into the joint venture partnership with American Airlines in Boston and New York could be very interesting to see play out.
The mini-hub the company is building at Raleigh-Durham is also expected to gain new destinations, with flights to Newark, Austin, Orlando, Tampa, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Jacksonville.
And Jacksonville gets another unlikely route: A nonstop flight to Los Angeles beginning in early March.
A handful of new international routes are also expected, including flights to Cancun from Austin, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Sacramento.
San Jose del Cabo (SJD) should pick up flights from Los Angeles and JFK. JFK will also add Guatemala City (previously announced but postponed) and Bogota.
Continuing the theme
These new markets and routes continue the growth first launched in the summer (JetBlue’s crazy summer of new routes) and then continued into the Christmas/New Years season (JetBlue goes hunting for revenue with 24 new winter markets). It also plays into the promise of international expansion at Los Angeles (JetBlue beefs up Los Angeles, abandons Long Beach), plus adds a few interesting domestic options.
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