JetBlue announced that it will be ending flights from Long Beach Airport this October and expanding its flights out of Los Angeles.
JetBlue currently holds 17 of 41 permanent flight slots. There are an additional 12 temporary slots assigned within the Noise Ordinance because of a reduction in the aircraft noise ( aka: the noise bucket).
Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry issued this official statement regarding JetBlue:
“We will always be grateful for the investment JetBlue made in our community and the tremendous service they offered our passengers. We understand that the aviation industry – now more than ever – is constantly changing and airlines nationwide are making difficult business decisions to stay competitive in light of the pandemic. We expect strong interest in the slots as they become available.”
In an email to Jet Blue True Blue members, Vice President of Loyalty, Don Uselmann, informed Long Beach customers of its decision to move Long Beach flights to Los Angeles. Uselmann wrote,
“We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you on board again when the time is right. In the meantime, we want to give you a heads-up about some changes we are making to our route network in Southern California.
After careful consideration, as of 10/7/2020, we will be moving our scheduled Long Beach (LGB) flights to LAX*. We have proudly served LGB for many years, so no longer offering service has been a difficult decision.
However, our commitment to Southern California remains strong, and we are delighted that our LAX service will increase to 30+ flights daily, including both New York (JFK) and Newark in the New York City area, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Austin, Buffalo, plus destinations in the West including San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Reno/Tahoe, Salt Lake City, and seasonal service to Bozeman. You’ll also have more Mint service from LAX, with new service to Newark, as well as continuing to serve New York (JFK), Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
In addition to our increases at LAX, nonstop service will continue at Ontario (ONT), Burbank (BUR) and San Diego (SAN), as well as our seasonal service to Palm Springs (PSP).
As you’re probably aware, our route network and the cities we serve are driven by customer demand, airport considerations, and scheduling needs, among other factors. We always strive to provide the best service and schedules for our customers, which requires constant re-evaluation on how best to serve you. We look forward to continuing to serve you at one of our Southern California area airports.
Thanks, as always, for being a valued TrueBlue member.
Here’s to blue skies ahead”
This decision comes after a long battle with the City of Long Beach over its noise ordinance and a failed attempt to help make the Long Beach Airport international in 2017.
In 2017 Long Beach City Council voted 8-1 to receive and file the plan to transform the Long Beach Airport from a domestic facility to an international one, ending hopes for Jet Blue.
Dee Andrews of the 6th District who is up for re-election this year was the sole vote in support of Jet Blue.