JetBlue Outlines Dramatic New York, Boston Growth Under Controversial American Pact
- While competitors are hemming and hawing over American Airlines and JetBlue Airways recently-approved northeast alliance, the partners are wasting no time in aligning their Boston and New York operations. JetBlue has outlined its plans to increase departures at four key alliance airports: Boston Logan, Newark Liberty, and New York JFK and LaGuardia. The most dramatic growth will be at LaGuardia where JetBlue could more than triple departures to up to 60 on peak days — from just 18 before the crisis — with slots leased from American.
JetBlue has not said where it will use those slots to fly from LaGuardia. However, management comments during its fourth-quarter earnings call indicate that destinations along the southeastern U.S. coast and in the Midwest — both regions where American has a strong loyalty base — could be in the offing.
At Boston, JFK and Newark, JetBlue also plans a significant increase — though not as dramatic — in departures under the alliance. Boston could jump by 50 departures for up to 240, JFK by 65 for up to 240, and Newark by 45 for up to 80.
- Ontario International Airport, in Los Angeles’ Inland Empire, has landed another foreign carrier. Despite an ongoing Chapter 11 restructuring, Avianca plans to launch thrice-weekly service between the Southern California gateway and San Salvador, El Salvador, in early July. The route stands to benefit from strong recovery in visiting friends and relatives trips during the pandemic.
- This summer, discounter Allegiant Air will restart some of the expansion plans it postponed when Covid-19 hit last year. The airline will open its 20th base in Des Moines, Iowa, with two Airbus A320 family jets on July 1, more than a year after its initial plan was put on hold. Allegiant operates 10 routes from the airport.
- Singapore Airlines integration of SilkAir moves on to its route map this spring. On March 4, SIA will take over the Singapore-Phuket route from its regional subsidiary, the first route to be subsumed as part of the merger. Full integration of SilkAir into SIA is due in March 2022.
- Floridian regional carrier Silver Airways continues its southeast expansion tear. The airline’s ATR turboprops will land in Savannah with twice-weekly service from both Fort Lauderdale and Tampa on April 1. Savannah joins Charleston, Columbia and Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., among recent pandemic additions to Silver’s map.