JetBlue relocates operations to Los Angeles from Long Beach

FlyerTalk has reported JetBlue plans to move operations from Long Beach International Airport to Los Angeles, the news source said.

The New York-based carrier will consolidate operations at LAX, as part of a strategic plan to offer 70 flights per day by 2025.

JetBlue will consolidate most of their West Coast operations to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), shutting down their base at Long Beach International Airport (LGB) by October 2020. The airline announced the change as part of a strategic focus on California and the Pacific region.

According to the airline, the permanent move to LAX is part of a bigger strategy to capture business through the busiest origin and destination market in the world. To start, the move will give the airline over 30 daily flights from Los Angeles to 13 destinations. This includes four routes with the premium cabin product, Mint.

Once complete, flyers will be able to travel aboard JetBlue to Austin, Boseman, Montana, Las Vegas, Reno, San Francisco, and Seattle. The ultimate goal for JetBlue is operating 70 flights per day from the massive Southern California airport.

While the airline will leave Long Beach effective October 7, 2020, the airline will still operate at two additional Southern California airports. The carrier said they would continue service at Bob Hope Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Ontario International Airport (ONT).

The airline´s consolidation in Los Angeles comes as the airline announced a major expansion and frequent flyer program change. In June 2020, JetBlue announced they would add Mint premium cabin flights to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as part of a larger network expansion focused on leisure travel.