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