HOU’s the BOSs? JetBlue’s latest Boston route closes gap on New York JFK; just four routes dropped in last 12 months

JetBlue has launched two major new routes from its base at Boston Logan Airport in recent weeks. On 23 May, it began operating five daily flights to Philadelphia (an anna.aero Route Of The Week),  while on 25 July, double-daily flights to Houston Hobby  were celebrated with the traditional water salute. Both routes are operated with the airline's 100-seat E190s. Since last summer JetBlue has grown the Boston base by 17%, the fastest-growing of its top 12 airports.

JetBlue Airways has, according to analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi schedule data, dropped just four routes during the last 12 months. At the same time, it has launched 16 new routes, and seen its weekly seat capacity grow by just over 6%. One of these new routes, between Boston Logan Airport and Houston Hobby Airport, began last week, with double daily flights, using the airline’s 100-seat Embraer E190s. This is the airline’s second route from Houston, having launched New York JFK services as long ago as September 2006.

Boston has always been JetBlue’s second biggest base (after JFK), but in the last 12 months the gap has narrowed, as JetBlue’s JFK capacity has remained virtually unchanged, while Boston’s has increased by over 17%. In fact, out of JetBlue’s top 12 busiest airports, it is the fastest-growing in the last 12 months, beating the double-digit growth also achieved at San Juan (in Puerto Rico), Fort Lauderdale (in Florida), and Santo Domingo (in the Dominican Republic).

JetBlue's top 12 airports Change in weekly seats August 2013 v August 2012 [Weekly departing seats in August 2013]

Source: Analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi data for w/c 12 August 2013 and w/c 13 August 2012

16 new routes including five from JFK and three from Boston

In the last 12 months JetBlue has started 16 new routes that are still operating; five from New York JFK, three from Boston, and three from Fort Lauderdale. New cities added to the airline’s network in the US include Albuquerque (New Mexico), Anchorage (Alaska), Charleston (South Carolina), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and Providence (Rhode Island). Other non-US destinations joining the airline’s growing network were Cartagena and Medellin in Colombia, Samana in the Dominican Republic, and Grand Cayman.

Launch date From (Code) To (Code) WF (Aircraft) Competition (WF)
23 August 2012 Washington (DCA) San Juan (SJU) 7 (A320)
2 November 2012 New York (JFK) Cartagena (CTG) 3 (A320)
14 November 2012 New York (JFK) Samana (AZS) 2 (A320)
15 November 2012 New York (JFK) Grand Cayman (GCM) 3 (A320) Cayman Airways (2)
29 November 2012 Orlando (MCO) Providence (PVD) 14 (A320) Southwest Airlines (28)
29 November 2012 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Providence (PVD) 7 (A320) Southwest Airlines (8)
28 February 2013 New York (JFK) Charleston (CHS) 14 (E190) Delta Air Lines (14)
28 February 2013 Boston (BOS) Charleston (CHS) 7 (E190) Delta Air Lines (1)
22 April 2013 New York (JFK) Albuquerque (ABQ) 7 (A320)
1 May 2013 San Juan (SJU) Punta Cana (PUJ) 7 (E190)
1 May 2013 San Juan (SJU) Santiago (STI) 7 (E190)
16 May 2013 Seattle (SEA) Anchorage (ANC) 7 (A320) Alaska Airlines (137)
United Airlines (14)
23 May 2013 Boston (BOS) Philadelphia (PHL) 35 (E190) US Airways (121)
13 June 2013 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Medellin (MDE) 7 (A320) Spirit Airlines (5)
27 June 2013 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) San Jose (SJO) 7 (A320) Spirit Airlines (10)
25 July 2013 Boston (BOS) Houston (HOU) 14 (E190) Southwest Airlines (14)
Source: anna.aero New Route Database

Between now and the end of the year, JetBlue currently plans to launch an additional eight new routes, including two each from Hartford, CT (BDL) and Worcester, MA (ORH), both of which are new airports for the airline. Other new destinations are Lima in Peru (from Fort Lauderdale, starting 21 November), and Port-au-Prince in Haiti (from Fort Lauderdale and New York JFK, starting 5 December).

Eight airports each see loss of one JetBlue route

The four routes that JetBlue has dropped in the last 12 months are spread across eight different airports. Coincidentally, two of the routes dropped launched on the same day back in June 2006, but they ceased operations some seven weeks apart in early 2013. All eight airports are still served by JetBlue from at least one other airport.

Launched Last operated From (Code) To (Code)
10 January 2008 27 November 2012 Orlando (MCO) Burlington (BTV)
30 June 2006 6 January 2013 Las Vegas (LAS) Burbank (BUR)
30 June 2006 27 February 2013 New York (JFK) Pittsburgh (PIT)
15 November 2011 8 July 2013 Westchester County (HPN) Nassau (NAS)
Source: anna.aero analysis of Innovata / Diio Mi

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