JetBlue Inaugurates Jacksonville To Los Angeles Flights

JetBlue took off from Jacksonville to Los Angeles on March 25th, with the carrier the only non-stop operator on this route. Jacksonville is one of nine Florida airports for JetBlue in 2021, at which it is third-largest and now has six routes.

JetBlue A320
JetBlue’s Jacksonville to Los Angeles is one of many new transcontinental routes the airline has begun recently. Photo: Jacksonville Airport.

JetBlue launched Jacksonville to Los Angeles on March 25th, with the 2,153-mile service currently operating twice-weekly using A320s. It’ll gradually rise up to once-daily from mid-June and it has the following schedule:

  • Jacksonville to Los Angeles: 17:00-19:49, with a block time of five hours and 49 minutes
  • Los Angeles to Jacksonville: 08:00-15:33, a block of four hours and 33 minutes

JetBlue is the only airline on this airport-pair, which was Jacksonville’s largest unserved market back in 2019 when nearly 105,000 flew it. It had passengers daily each way (PDEW) of 144, a large amount even before demand rises from non-stop service and lower fares.

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Joins multiple other transcon routes

JetBlue’s Jacksonville to Los Angeles service – or JAX to LAX – is one of many new transcontinental routes that the airline has started since coronavirus hit or which are coming. Others include:

  • Charleston to Los Angeles
  • Fort Lauderdale to Portland (Oregon) and Seattle
  • Hartford to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
  • Miami to Los Angeles
  • Newark to Las Vegas, Los Angeles; San Diego, and San Francisco
  • Raleigh Durham to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
  • Richmond to Las Vegas and Los Angeles
  • San Francisco to Orlando
  • West Palm Beach to Los Angeles
JetBlue Jacksonville to Los Angeles
JetBlue’s first JAX-LAX service took off on March 25th. Flight data:

JetBlue at Jacksonville

Jacksonville is one of nine Florida airports that JetBlue serves in 2021, its highest number to date, with Key West and Miami joining its route map this year. Now, Jacksonville is JetBlue’s seventh-largest airport in Florida, with Sarasota and Key West trailing behind.

But JetBlue has been expanding at Jacksonville, at which it is now the third-largest airline, naturally behind Delta and American but ahead of Southwest and United. In 2021, it has just shy of 800,000 seats and six routes from Jacksonville, its most yet. In addition to Los Angeles, it serves Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York JFK, and Raleigh Durham, with Newark and Raleigh added in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

JetBlue in Florida
Key West and Miami began this year, while three airports have seen JetBlue seats rise significantly over 2019: Fort Myers (+23%), Tampa (+35%), and Sarasota (+37%). Source: OAG Schedules Analyzer.

Jacksonville’s underserved by non-stops

While Jacksonville is far less famous than its renowned cousins to the south, it is an airport that is crying out for more service. In 2019, almost half of its domestic passengers flew via somewhere, booking data obtained from OAG Traffic Analyzer reveals, with over 1.6 million people flying indirectly to/from places less than 1,000 miles away.

JetBlue A320
Newark is one of six routes JetBlue serves from Jacksonville in 2021. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

Top-15 unserved

Jacksonville is clearly underserved by non-stops, with its top-15 largest unserved markets shown below. Perhaps the airport will one day feature in Breeze Airways’ network?

  1. New Orleans: 44,000 round-trip point-to-point passengers in 2019
  2. Columbus (John Glenn): 46,000 (Allegiant also serves Rickenbacker twice-weekly)
  3. Richmond: 33,000
  4. Milwaukee: 30,000
  5. Buffalo: 29,000
  6. Providence: 28,000
  7. Hartford: 29,000
  8. Memphis: 27,000
  9. Birmingham: 26,000
  10. Kansas City: 28,000
  11. Austin: 26,000
  12. Louisville: 21,000
  13. Rochester (New York): 19,000
  14. Syracuse: 17,000
  15. Greensboro: 16,000

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