JetBlue Airways is adding additional service from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Mexico City beginning September 6. Currently the airline serves both routes once a day but will be boosted to twice-daily. The additional flight from Fort Lauderdale will be served with a Airbus A 320 aircraft. JetBlue’s additional flight eases the void left when Volaris shifted it’s Mexico City service from Fort Lauderdale to Miami earlier this year.
“Our ability to now offer Mexico City service twice daily with improved flight times between these two growing Florida focus cities, positions JetBlue for even greater success in one of the most important major markets in the Americas,” said John Checketts JetBlue’s, Vice President of Network Planning.
Southwest Airlines has tentatively been awarded the right to fly from Fort Lauderdale to Mexico City beginning in summer 2018. But until then, with Volaris departure from the route and the withdrawal of Spirit Airlines to nearby Toluca a few years ago, JetBlue has a monopoly on Fort Lauderdale to Mexico City flying. From Orlando, the situation is more competitive forcing JetBlue to beef up frequency in order to compete with Volaris and AeroMexico (as well as Interjet who flies from nearby Sanford Airport).