For almost two decades, jetBlue has been the primary carrier at Long Beach Airport (KLGB), located just south of the hustle and bustle known as Los Angeles (KLAX). For years, it has been a go to for tourists, business travelers, and more to escape the traffic and the lines. Long Beach was a gateway to the Pacific Northwest, NorCal, New York, Boston, and the south. But now, it will no longer be the same.
Today, jetBlue has announced that it will discontinue all flights from Long Beach in a shuffle so devastating to the residents of SoCal. All of the flights currently operating at Long Beach, with the exception of Portland (which will be discontinued entirely), will be moved over to LAX. The list of LAX routes listed below.
- Boston Logan (BOS)
- Bozeman (BZN)
- Buffalo (BUF)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- Las Vegas
- New York John F. Kennedy (JFK)
- Newark Liberty (begins July 23)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Reno (RNO)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- San Francisco
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
What does this mean for Long Beach?
A once thriving airport, ranked #10 in the list of best small airports in the United States, has lost it’s biggest airline. With JetBlue’s departure, gates 6-10 will now be up for grabs. With Hawaiian and American suspending their LGB services until August at the minimum, that leaves Delta and Southwest as the sole carriers at LGB. I expect Southwest to build up where jetBlue had room to build themselves. With Southwest expanding LGB services to Texas, I can see them expanding where they couldn’t at SNA and LAX. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if some LAX routes were moved over to LGB. But, for now, all we can do is wait and see.
The original article is linked below.