Jetblue canceled its new LAX service that was schduled to start flying later this month.
While the media has said that small cities would be the biggest losers of rising jet fuel prices, this may be the highest profile route cancellation blamed on jet fuel ever.
Jetblue’s LAX-JFK service on their 150 passenger Airbus A320’s was planned at under $10,000 in fuel costs per flight, but would now cost over $15,000 per flight. In other words over $100 of every passenger’s one-way, pre-tax fare would be going just to pay the gas bill.
No wonder they’ve added a $100 change fee and 2nd checked bag fee!
With 5 carriers offering nonstop service between LAX and NYC (AA, Continental, Delta, United, and Virgin America) which all offer first class seating to subsidize net loss customers, the competition for the route was deemed too strong to start up with at the current time.
Jetblue will continue to operate nonstop service between its 3 current LA area airports (Burbank, Long Beach, and Ontario) and NYC. None of those routes have any current competitors, and all of those airports charge less than LAX for takeoff, landing, and airport facility fees.