LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – JetBlue is flying out of Moncton this fall and landing permanently in LAX.
The airline announced on Thursday that it will make Los Angeles International Airport its main base of business in Southern California, effective October 7, with 70 flights per day through 2025.
JetBlue first arrived in Moncton in 2001 and became the airport’s largest airline. It has since expanded to Burbank, LAX, and Ontario. The airline, like the rest of the travel industry, was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and had to cut its spring and summer flights sharply.
“The transition to LAX, which serves as the anchor of our focus city strategy on the West Coast, prepares JetBlue for success in Southern California,” said South Laurence, airline director of revenue and planning, in a statement. “We are continuing to use the opportunities to develop this pandemic into stronger competitive strength in the industry.”
LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world, operates around the clock and JetBlue gives JetBlue more flexibility in future flight and destination planning. After the initial move, JetBlue will operate more than 30 daily flights between LAX and 13 destinations, including seven new markets – Austin, Bozeman Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Reno-Tahoe, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle-Tacoma. Tickets for the new LAX routes will be available from Friday.
JetBlue will cease operations in Moncton on October 6, and flights to Portland will not switch to LAX. All crew and maintenance bases in Moncton will move to LAX, where more than 150 JetBlue crew members are already stationed. Jet Blue says the number of its employees in LAX will rise to nearly 700 with the additional flights and move.