JetBlue Airways will no longer serve Sacramento International Airport travelers flying to and from Long Beach.
The airlines says it has reviewed its flight schedules and has determined that one route connecting Sacramento and Long Beach should be discontinued. JetBlue says the twice-daily route will be removed from the schedule on April 29.
Samantha Mott with the Sacramento County Department of Airports says the decision stings a little.
"We're disappointed as we always are when an airline decides to discontinue a route out of Sacramento,” Mott said.
She said that the airline will continue to connect passengers from the eastern part of the United States with the west. “JetBlue remains committed to serving the Sacramento region with trans-con(tinental) routes to New York daily and Boston seasonally."
For Sacramento travelers who take the Long Beach flight, Southwest continues to offer four flights daily between the cities.
Kate Kuykendall is a spokeswoman with the Long Beach Airport. She says the news isn’t all bad.
“We have a very strict noise control rules so we have a certain number of flights that we are allowed,” she said. “Currently we have 50 flight slots. JetBlue has 24 of those. We actually have a waiting list for other airlines that are looking to take (some of those) should they become available."
Long Beach claims to be the oldest airport in California, operating since 1923.
A statement released by JetBlue said it will cut all flights into Oakland because it is “unprofitable” to do so.
But the airline does have plans to increase service from Boston’s Logan International and New York’s JFK International. Flights to Bozeman, Montana will begin in June.
Flights from both major eastern cities are also scheduled to be increased into Nashville, Tennessee.
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