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JetBlue also ends flights to Bogota, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; and Kansas City, Missouri, in June, and flights between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Austin, Atlanta, Nashville and Salt Lake City, as well as between New York and Detroit.

“With less aircraft time available and the need to improve our financial performance, every route must more than ever earn the right to remain in the network,” Dave Jehn, vice president of network planning and airline partnerships, said in the memo.

In addition to transcontinental flying, JetBlue said it will focus on “bread and butter” routes along the East Coast and routes to Caribbean vacation destinations.

CEO Joanna Geraghty has been in the top job for a month now and is under increasing pressure to cut costs and return the airline to profitability after activist investor Carl Icahn last month announced a nearly 10% stake in the airline and won two board seats.

JetBlue had already begun a cost-cutting program before Icahn’s deployment and said in January it was on track to cut costs by $200 million by the end of the year. The carrier shortened some other routes earlier this year, CNBC reported.

The changes announced Tuesday will not affect JetBlue’s planned capacity for the year, which is expected to decline in the low single digits starting in 2023, the memo said.

JetBlue is charting its path as a standalone airline after a judge blocked its plan to acquire Spirit Airlines in January. JetBlue walked away from that deal entirely earlier this month. Last year, a separate judge struck down the partnership with American Airlines in the Northeast.

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