US low-cost carrier JetBlue has further firmed its future plans for a new service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Tallahassee International Airport (TLH). The airline has now opened sales for the proposed route service.
Flights are to begin on January 4, 2024 income as part of the carriers stated commitment to providing low-fare and high-value service to its Florida customers.
The inauguration of the new service to Tallahassee is also in line with JetBlue’s mass expansion plan for the region, in concert with the Spirit Airlines merger.
“This route has long suffered from high fares and regional plane service and the response in Florida to this much-needed connection between the state capital and South Florida has been incredible.”
“Customers can now travel much more easily and frequently with JetBlue’s low fares and award-winning experience.” said Dave Clark, Head of Revenue and Planning, JetBlue.
“We’ve laid out an ambitious growth plan for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, enabled by our planned combination with Spirit. This combination will allow many more choices for air travel in and out of South Florida in the years to come.”
Growth in South Florida
Since making Fort Lauderdale a focus city, JetBlue has positioned itself as a preferred carrier in the South Florida region.
The airline points to its upgraded in-flight offerings offerings which include the most legroom in coach, free snacks and free seatback entertainment.
JetBlue, in fact, offers the most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
The provision of a free Fly-Fi high-speed internet service is certainly a bonus given the fact that JetBlue is a low-cost carrier.
250 daily departures by 2027
Earlier this month JetBlue disclosed its plans for its network expansion from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport to 250 daily flights in the next five years, assisted by the company’s planned merger with Spirit.
The new growth will be spearheaded by the introduction of a Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee route beginning in January 2024, connecting the state capital to another city in the state.
In support of the Broward County’s master plan to expand the airport’s facilities, JetBlue expects to reach its proposed target of more than 250 daily departures by 2027 after completion of its planned combination with Spirit.
This growth will position Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood an even more compelling choice for South Florida customers against the dominant legacy carrier in Miami.
While both carriers have had success in Fort Lauderdale, the combination between JetBlue and Spirit will unlock long-term opportunities to add domestic and international markets and routes that would not be possible otherwise.
JetBlue positions itself as New York’s Hometown Airline, and is a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan.
JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom.