Routes To Be Axed
As part of a network reshuffle, the airline will adjust flying from New York John F Kennedy International Airport to Portland, San Jose, Westchester, and Martha’s Vineyard.
This is because an executive who penned a note to staff said that flying everywhere is impossible. The schedule must be adjusted to ensure the company’s long-term future.
Additionally, an important focus must be placed on being selective about where these aircraft operate to turn a profit, which is vital to ensure a reliable operation.
On top of the previously announced routes slated to be axed, the airline will also suspend flights from New York to Ponce in Puerto Rico and Milwaukee from October 2024.
According to the memo seen by CNBC, leisure routes will become a core focus of the latest adjustments. As a result, services towards destinations in the Caribbean and Paris will be of increased focus.
Merger With Spirit Blocked
Route cuts come only following the official rejection and termination plans from a judge’s ruling of JetBlue’s planned merger with Spirit Airlines.
However, the company says this latest route adjustment doesn’t come because of these repercussions and is a natural part of being an airline. Changes will always be required.
The airline believes that the service adjustments will massively aid them in offering a more robust schedule in the future that is ultimately more reliable for their customers.
Despite a merger being rejected, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines have now launched a formal appeal to the decision as they look for a tie-up that is still possible. Analysts, however, firmly believe the pair will have a tough time getting this approved based on evidence and reasoning from the court.