LONDON – Yesterday, JetBlue announced it has secured long-term permanent slots at London Heathrow, as its transatlantic services continue to pick up.
The permanent slots in question are for flights starting on October 29 this year, with operations taking place from the airport’s Terminal 2.
Such slots are also for the JFK flight that they operate from. Below, you can see a little table with the flight information:
|JFK – LHR Flight #007||LHR – JFK Flight #20|
|9:05 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. (+1)||10:45 a.m. – 2:05 p.m.|
Hayes: Slots Are The Highest In-Demand Globally…
Commenting on this news was Robin Hayes, the CEO of JetBlue:
“The U.S. – U.K. air corridor is among the busiest in the world and to effectively compete JetBlue is adding more flights across the North Atlantic, growing from just one daily flight last summer to five by this fall”.
“And with permanent slots at Heathrow – the highest in-demand slots globally – we’re now positioned to provide long-term service at one of the busiest airports in the world.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for a carrier like JetBlue as we introduce transatlantic travelers to our great fares and award-winning service.”
Expansion out of Gatwick: New Flight to Boston from LHR As Well…
JetBlue’s transatlantic flights out of Gatwick have been particularly popular as well, especially with the airline announcing a second daily flight to JFK from there as well.
This means that JetBlue will operate three daily flights out of the London area by October 29 to JFK. Below you can see a table of the Gatwick operations:
|JFK – LGW Flight #43||LGW – JFK Flight #44|
|7:47 p.m. – 8:16 a.m. (+1)||12:00 p.m. – 3:04 p.m.|
|JFK – LGW Flight #3||LGW – JFK Flight #4|
|9:59 p.m. – 10:22 a.m. (+1)||2:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.|
On top of this, the airline will be adding two new routes from the London area and they are both from Boston. One flight will be allocated to Heathrow and the other Gatwick as well:
|BOS – LGW Flight #2104||LGW – BOS Flight #1926|
|6:37 p.m. – 6:35 a.m. (+1)||12:15 p.m. – 3:02 p.m.|
|BOS – LHR Flight #1620||LHR – BOS Flight #1621|
|6:45 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. (+1)||8:25 a.m. – 11:21 a.m.|
The Gatwick-Boston flight will commence on August 4, with the Heathrow-Boston service commencing on September 20. It remains in this case that JetBlue will definitely be using these additional slots well.
It is quite the feat for an airline to secure slots out of Heathrow, and even more when the airline is looking to expand services further. JetBlue has done a great job in making this a further reality.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how the additional flights will do based on the extreme travel demand that has been witnessed in the early parts of the Summer 2022 season so far.
Also in the future, it will be interesting to see how much consolidation will be done in this region before JetBlue moves on to its next international destinations, wherever they may be.
It’s definitely an exciting development to follow.