JetBlue Airways’ Fort Lauderdale to Aruba
Joining Fort Lauderdale Airport on 4 January for the inauguration of JetBlue Airways flights to Aruba are Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President, Stacy Ritter, and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. The 1,843-kilometre sector, which was also celebrated with a route launch cake, will be flown by the airline daily facing direct competition from Spirit Airlines.
JetBlue Airways celebrated the start of flights to Los Angeles from Orlando on 5 January with balloons and cupcakes. The 3,560-kilometre sector is already served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America, which all combined offer 54 weekly departures on the Florida-California city pairing. JetBlue will operate a daily rotation on its latest venture from Orlando.
Seen on the departure board at San Jose Airport on 4 January is flight number B6 725, otherwise know as JetBlue Airways’ inaugural flight from the North California airport to Long Beach. The first flight can also been seen on pushback at San Jose. JetBlue will fly this airport pairing four times daily.
- JetBlue Airways this week commenced three new routes across its network, one international, one transcontinental and the other state domestic. The route trio was kick-started on 4 January, with an international link from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Aruba (AUA). Flown daily by JetBlue on its A320s, the 1,843-kilometre sector is already served by Spirit Airlines weekly. Latter that day the airline launched a California domestic link from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB). The 518-kilometre city pairing will be flown by the carrier 28 times weekly and when referring to OAG schedules, no other airline connects the two airports. Finally on 5 January, JetBlue launched a transcontinental route from Orlando (MCO) to Los Angeles (LAX). The latter route, which spans 3,560 kilometres, is the most heavily competed sector that the airline will enter, with Delta Air Lines (19 weekly flights), American Airlines (14), Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America (all daily) already connecting the two cities. Both US domestic routes launched by the carrier this week will also be flown on its A320 fleet.