JetBlue Airways will end service in several cities and reduce the number of flights from Los Angeles in an effort to cut costs and focus on stronger markets after years of losing money.

The changes will also help the airline ground some of its planes for inspections of their Pratt & Whitney engines, an executive told employees on Tuesday.

As of June 13, JetBlue will withdraw from Kansas City, Missouri; Bogota Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru.


The changes will also help the airline ground some of its planes for inspections of their Pratt & Whitney engines, an executive told employees on Tuesday. Getty Images

“These markets are not profitable and our aircraft time could be better utilized elsewhere,” Dave Jehn, 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. Flights between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Atlanta are coming to an end; Austin, TX; Nashville; New Orleans and Salt Lake City, and service between New York and Detroit.

JetBlue has lost more than $2 billion since its last profitable year, 2019. The airline tried to grow through a partnership and a merger, but the Biden administration’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to end both deals.

Last May, a federal judge ordered JetBlue and American Airlines to dissolve a partnership they established in Boston and New York. In January, another judge banned 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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In January, another judge banned JetBlue from buying Spirit, saying the proposed $3.8 billion deal violated antitrust law. Getty Images

Frustrated by courtroom defeats, JetBlue under Geraghty is focusing on its own growth, which will take much longer.

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

The airline is struggling to improve its operations. JetBlue ranked ninth last year among the nation’s 10 largest airlines in both flight cancellations and on-time arrivals, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures.

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