JetBlue airways had a mix of good news and bad news for travelers on Tuesday.
The popular carrier, which has free Wi-Fi and live TV and serves trendy complimentary snacks, announced a major route overhaul, with five new routes and an additional two dozen flights between existing cities offset by the elimination of dozen routes, including the end of service at Washington Dulles and Daytona Beach, Florida.
The new flights, which begin in early 2019:
- Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil, Ecuador. The daily flights will be JetBlue’s second destination in Ecuador. The airlines already serves Quito.
- Fort Lauderdale to Phoenix. The airline already offers nonstop flights between Phoenix and Boston.
- Boston to Rochester, New York. American Airlines already offers nonstop service on the route.
- Fort Lauderdale to St. Marten in Caribbean.
- Providence, Rhode island, to west palm beach, Florida
Cities being eliminated from JetBlue’s route map, beginning January 8, include:
- Washington, DC, Dulles: the airlines will end its flights to New York JFK and Boston. The airline currently has three daily flights to Boston and two daily flights to New York, Dulles spokesman Andrew Trull notes that united offers daily service to Boston and delta offers daily service to JFK. And JetBlue will continue service at Washington Reagan, with daily flights to 12 destinations.
- Daytona Beach, Fla.: the airport’s daily flight to and from New York JFK is ending.
- Croix, US Virgin Islands: the airport’s daily flight to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico is ending.
JetBlue said it is also eliminating several weak routes including:
- Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore
- Fort Lauderdale to Detroit
- Fort Lauderdale to long beach, California
- Fort Lauderdale to Pittsburg
- Orlando to Baltimore
- San Juan, Puerto Rico to Santiago, Dominican Republic.