JetBlue to Launch New Service Between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, Expand FLL Focus City Network
From January 2024, JetBlue will launch new service between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. The carrier also reaffirmed their commitment to FLL, planning to offer over 250 daily flights by 2027, as well as to Spirit’s new Dania Beach Support Center.
On Wednesday (February 15, 2023), JetBlue announced the launch of all new service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) starting in January 2024, a route that currently lacks low-fare options. The carrier also reaffirmed their commitment to FLL following their merger with Spirit Airlines, with plans to add 1,000 new jobs and operate over 250 daily flights by 2027. JetBlue also reaffirmed their commitment to Spirit Airlines’ new Support Center campus, located in Dania Beach, Florida.
In Wednesday’s announcement, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hayes, said,
“As a customer-centric alternative to the high-fare legacy airline that dominates South Florida, we have achieved rapid growth in Fort Lauderdale and are ready to turbocharge further expansion once we combine with Spirit. You shouldn’t have to choose between a low fare and a great experience. JetBlue offers both, and that’s why we are uniquely positioned to challenge the Big Four airlines and boost competition in Florida and across the country.”
Also commenting on the new route between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said,
“We commend JetBlue for expanding and providing more direct flights between the capital and South Florida. These new low-fare flights will further benefit Florida’s thriving economy by bringing more jobs to our communities, and adding more choices for affordable air travel within the state. We look forward to JetBlue’s continued expansion in Fort Lauderdale.”
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Director of Aviation, Mark E. Gale, added,
“We applaud JetBlue's plans to offer new nonstop jet service from FLL to Tallahassee next January, an option long sought after for many years, and we are encouraged by their support for FLL’s Master Plan. We look forward to working with JetBlue on its robust growth plans for FLL, which includes new international service.”
Following the combination with Spirit Airlines, JetBlue will offer flights to around 30 markets currently not served from Fort Lauderdale by either airline, while also increasing frequencies to approximately 30 additional markets. Currently, JetBlue and Spirit serve 66 of the top 100 markets available from Miami International Airport (MIA), which will increase to 90 post expansion. Today, JetBlue and Spirit employ nearly 13,000 team members in Florida, with service at 10 airports statewide. In addition to Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue maintains a focus city at Orlando International Airport (MCO), along with a support center and crewmember training campus in Orlando.
JetBlue is ‘New York’s Hometown Airline®’ and a leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO) and San Juan (SJU). The airline carries guests to over 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America and the United Kingdom (London Heathrow and Gatwick). JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.