JetBlue adding 30 new routes as summer travel demand increases

JetBlue ramps service back up with 30 new routes, adds back summer routes

JetBlue adding 30 new routes as summer travel demand increases
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JetBlue is getting ready to put some of its parked planes back in the air this summer.

Between July and October, the New York-based airline will add 30 new routes tailored to leisure travelers who want to see friends and relatives after months in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the new routes, including daily flights between Newark, New Jersey, and Los Angeles and San Francisco, include Mint Service, JetBlue's premium passenger experience, which features lie-flat seats, free entertainment, special meals and pre-takeoff cocktails.

In addition, JetBlue is restoring nine routes that were temporarily halted during the height of the pandemic as well as service to several popular summer destinations such as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and the Puerto Rican cities of Aguadilla and Ponce.

Seats on the new routes will be available to purchase on Friday.

JetBlue says it plans to operate more than half of its typical capacity this summer as leisure travel begins to bounce back following coronavirus lockdowns. (Photo: JetBlue Airways)

“With the new routes and service announced today, as well as additional capacity added back into the July and August schedules, JetBlue intends to operate more than half of its typical capacity this summer to better match demand trends,” the airline said in a press release on its website.

Here's a breakdown of the new and restored routes:

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

 Beginning July 23:

  • Charleston International Airport (CHS) | 1x daily
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) | 1x daily

Mint Service:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) | Up to 3x daily
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) | Up to 2x daily

Beginning Aug. 6: 

  • Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) | Up to 2x daily
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN) | 1x daily
  • Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) | Up to 2x daily
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) | Up to 2x daily
  • Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) | 1x daily

Beginning July 23:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) | Up to 2x daily
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) | Up to 2x daily

Beginning Aug. 6:

  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) | Up to 2x daily

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • St. Thomas Cyril E. King Airport (STT) | Up to 2x weekly

New York LaGuardia (LGA)

Beginning Aug. 6:

  • Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) | 1x daily
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) | Up to 2x daily

Beginning Aug. 6:

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) | Up to 2x daily
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) | Up to 2x daily
  • Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) | 1x daily
  • San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) | 1x daily
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) | 1x Daily

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) | 1x daily
  • Portland International Airport (PDX) | Up to 2x weekly
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) | Up to 3x weekly

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) | 1x daily

Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) | 1x daily
  • Providence T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) | 1x daily

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • Providence T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) | 1x daily
  • Washington National Airport (DCA) | 1x daily

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

Beginning Oct. 1:

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) | 1x daily
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) | 1x daily

Restored cities and destinations

Beginning in early July:

  • Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN)
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY)
  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico Mercedita International Airport (PSE)
  • Portland International Airport (PDX)
  • Providence T. F. Green International Airport (PVD)

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JetBlue and United Airlines Add New Routes Despite COVID-19

JetBlue adding 30 new routes as summer travel demand increases

COVID-19 caused air travel demand to shrivel up in 2020, forcing airlines to take a hatchet to their flight schedules.

Despite these weak market conditions — TSA checkpoint screenings have consistently been down more than 60% year over year, even during the peak summer season — airlines haven't given up on new routes. In fact, some carriers seem to view the pandemic as an opportunity to experiment.

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) and United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAL) are both heading down this road, if recent new-route announcements are any indication.

JetBlue continues its opportunistic growth

Back in June, JetBlue announced 30 new routes designed to take advantage of short-term supply demand mismatches and generate cash in the second half of 2020.

Leisure routes to Florida and the Caribbean made up the bulk of the new flights.

JetBlue also committed to a significant expansion of its route network at Newark International Airport, challenging market leader United Airlines head-on.

Some of these new route introductions have sparked competitive responses. Others haven't even begun yet. That makes it hard to evaluate the success of this growth initiative. Nevertheless, JetBlue is doubling down on its strategy of opportunistic growth, announcing a batch of 24 new routes on Thursday.

Image source: JetBlue Airways.

The latest round of expansion includes further growth in Newark, with seven new international leisure routes launching in November. Two of those (to Aruba and Sint Maarten) will feature JetBlue's highly acclaimed Mint premium service on certain flights.

JetBlue also plans a big expansion in Los Angeles, where it is set to shift its focus city operation next month from Long Beach to LAX: the region's main airport. Between mid-November and mid-December, the airline will launch seven new routes at LAX.

Four are transcontinental routes in underserved markets, while the other three mark JetBlue's first international flights from the LA region.

Leisure routes — mainly to Florida, Cancun, and the Caribbean — accounted for the rest of JetBlue's recent growth announcement.

JetBlue said that it carefully picked its new routes where it expects increases in leisure travel demand. The new flying will help it boost aircraft utilization and keep its pilots busy.

(JetBlue is one of the few airlines set to avoid pilot furloughs this fall.

) Still, the airline isn't promising to keep these routes operating permanently: It will be nimble and reallocate capacity individual route performance.

United Airlines will try new routes, too

For the most part, United Airlines has been on the defensive in 2020. More than any other U.S. carrier, business travel and long-haul international flying are the cornerstones of United's business. Furthermore, United executives recognized the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic sooner than other airline management teams and aggressively cut capacity in response.

Image source: United Airlines.

Nevertheless, United Airlines is planning to go on the offensive over the next year. Surprisingly, it is plotting growth in long-haul markets: exactly where demand has been weakest this year. On Wednesday, the full-service airline announced seven new long-haul routes that will take flight by next summer.

United's expansion will begin in December with new daily service from Chicago to New Delhi. This will complement its existing flights to New Delhi from Newark and San Francisco. The airline will add another destination in India in the spring of 2021, launching daily flights to Bangalore from San Francisco.

United's global growth next spring will also include three new routes to Africa: daily flights between Newark and Johannesburg and service three times a week from Washington, D.C. to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.

Finally, United Airlines plans to operate two new Hawaii routes four times a week next summer, connecting Newark to Maui and Chicago to Kona.

Several of United's new routes stretch the capabilities of its aircraft. That means it may not be able to carry a full load on certain flights. But in the current low-demand environment, that would be a high-class problem to face, so management doesn't seem concerned.

Expect mixed success

JetBlue and United Airlines are clearly taking a lot of risks with their new route introductions. With demand ly to remain depressed for the next two or three quarters (at least), the goal is to tap into near-term demand that other airlines may not be serving because of temporary cutbacks.

As demand rebounds over the next few years, airlines are ly to return to their usual strategy of focusing capacity on their strongest markets.

Many — and possibly most — of the new routes announced this year won't make the cut.

Still, if airlines cultivate even a handful of new markets that become highly profitable, that would be a nice long-term win in the midst of the devastating pandemic.

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