RadarBox: JetBlue Is Very Close To Achieving Pre-Pandemic Numbers

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LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, JetBlue is very close to achieving pre-pandemic movement statistic numbers, especially as they aim to end the year on a high.

The airline has had quite the year, with its acquisition of Spirit Airlines, as well as its next stage of transatlantic operations into Paris.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

The Numbers…

For November 12-19, the airline handled 996 movements, which is an increase of 24.66% compared to the same period last year when 799 movements were recorded.

As COVID-19 restrictions have been eased throughout the course of this year, the airline has managed to get itself around 29 movements short of achieving pre-pandemic levels.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data:

Date2019 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 NumbersPercentage Difference (2022 vs. 2021)
October 15-22942 movements795 movements939 movements+18.11%
October 21-29963 movements809 movements934 movements+15.45%
October 29-November 5971 movements860 movements952 movements+10.70%
November 5-12998 movements758 movements938 movements+23.75%

The last four weeks’ worth of data shows that the airline has come close to exceeding pre-pandemic numbers a couple of times.

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas periods, it is expected that the carrier will exceed pre-pandemic levels due to the increased demand need for travel.

Paris: Will Transatlantic Be The Catalyst to Hit 1,000+ Flights Per Week?

Earlier this week, JetBlue announced plans to expand transatlantic flying into Continental Europe with a new service to Paris starting next summer.

Paris will be JetBlue’s second transatlantic destination following the airline’s successful launch of service to London in August 2021, where it has quickly grown its schedule to five daily flights between the United States and the United Kingdom.

“JetBlue is offering something completely unique to what you get from the big global legacy airlines on these routes – where a single high-fare joint venture operates nearly three-quarters of the flying,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer of JetBlue.

“The response to our London service is proof that combining great service with low fares works. We can’t wait to bring our reimagined Mint and core offerings to Continental Europe’s most visited city.”

JetBlue plans to launch nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in summer 2023, and will later add nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Paris-CDG. Seats will go on sale in the coming months.

As such expansion takes place, the transatlantic network for JetBlue will eventually become expansive enough to become a catalyst for the airline operating over 1,000 flights per week, thanks to its continuously expanded domestic network as well.

For now, all eyes will be on the airline to see what other services they have in store for the Winter 2022/23 season and whether such popularity of those routes will encourage the busting of that 1,000 figure.

The airline has a lot in store, and this will be interesting to watch moving forward.

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