JetBlue takes a scalp to Ft Lauderdale flying, plus other changes

Two weeks after touting the probable size of its Fort Lauderdale base after its proposed merger with Spirit is completed, JetBlue is cutting TEN nonstop routes permanently from Fort Lauderdale. Several however, are currently flown by Spirit.

The ten cities are:

Aruba, Cartagena, Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Cayman, Phoenix, Providenciales, Portland (OR), Saint Maarteen and Seattle.

Every single route cut is flown by another airline, though Portland has been cut to seasonal by Alaska and Phoenix has been cut to less than daily by Southwest.

The airline is also cutting nonstop service from Jacksonville to Los Angeles, and Newark. The former cut is especially disappointing as that route is unique and Jacksonville has never sustained service to the west coast.

In other news, Frontier is reversing recent trends of cutting routes to Florida, by resuming West Palm Beach-Denver nonstops and adding Miami-Chicago (Midway) and Fort Lauderdale- Las Vegas nonstops.

Frontier is also adding an exciting new route from Orlando to Guadalajara.

American is adding Miami-Jackson Hole service for ski season!

Sun Country will fly Fort Myers-Eau Claire service this winter. Politically, this is a controversial route as the airline is using federal EAS (Essential Air Subsidy) funds to fly the route.

Norse Atlantic Airways will begin Fort Lauderdale-Berlin nonstops in December. It will be the first flights from Florida to Berlin, since the collapse of Air Berlin in 2017.

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