JetBlue’s dropping service blocked in these cities after deal with Spirit, American

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JetBlue Airways will end service in several cities and reduce flights from Los Angeles in a bid to make layoffs and focus on stronger markets after years of losing money.

The changes also will help the airline deal with the grounding of some of its planes for inspection of its Pratt & Whitney engines, an executive told employees Tuesday.

JetBlue will depart from Kansas City, Missouri effective June 13; Bogota Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru.


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The changes also will help the airline deal with the grounding of some of its planes for inspection of its Pratt & Whitney engines, an executive told employees Tuesday. getty images

“These markets are unprofitable and our aircraft time can be better used elsewhere,” Dave Zehn, the airline’s vice president of network planning, said in a memo to employees.

Also in June, the New York-based airline will drop several destinations from Los Angeles, including Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami. This would eliminate flights between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Nashville; Service between New Orleans and Salt Lake City, and New York and Detroit.

JetBlue has lost more than $2 billion since its last profitable year, 2019. The airline tried to grow through partnerships and mergers, but the Biden administration’s Justice Department sued to void both deals.

Last May, a federal judge ordered JetBlue and American Airlines to end the partnership they had formed in Boston and New York. Another judge in January blocked JetBlue from buying Spirit, saying the proposed $3.8 billion deal violated antitrust law.

The architect of those failed deals, Robin Hayes, stepped down as CEO in February and was replaced by Joanna Geraghty.


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Another judge in January blocked JetBlue from buying Spirit, saying the proposed $3.8 billion deal violated antitrust law. getty images

Frustrated by the loss in court, JetBlue, under Geraghty’s leadership, is poised to move on its own, which will take much longer.

Even before the change in CEO, investor Carl Icahn began buying about 10% of JetBlue stock, and his side gained two seats on the airline’s board.

The airline has struggled to improve its operations. JetBlue ranked ninth among the nation’s 10 largest airlines in both canceled flights and on-time arrivals last year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data.

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