Earlier, JetBlue announced that it will be cutting off all services from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK/KOAK) beginning on April 29, 2020. Currently, they fly from Oakland to Long Beach (LGB/KLGB), New York (JFK/KJFK), and summer seasonal to Boston (BOS/KBOS). JetBlue leaving Oakland will mean that all 3 of these routes will be gone except for Long Beach, which will still be served by Southwest.
How will this affect OAK?
Because of JetBlue’s departure from OAK, Oakland will lose its only nonstops to New York JFK and its summer seasonal route from Boston.
Anyone wanting to fly on JetBlue Airways from the CA Bay Area can still do it, but they would have to fly from Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC/KSJC) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO/KSFO).
In addition, JetBlue’s departure from Oakland could also pave the way for another airline to start service. United Airlines (@GlobalFlyer1) has been looking to resume service at Oakland since it left the airport in the summer of 2012. United has said that Oakland was on their list, but they weren’t looking into it much. There is a chance that since JetBlue is leaving Oakland, United could have a chance to revisit this thought in the future.
In addition to JetBlue’s departure from Oakland, they will also be cutting its flights from its hub in Long Beach. They are cutting flights from Long Beach to San Jose (SJC/KSJC) and Sacramento (SMF/KSMF) and reducing frequencies on their Long Beach to Las Vegas (LAS/KLAS) route.
How do I feel about this?
To be honest, I kind of expected JetBlue to leave Oakland at some point, and it looks like I was right. Although it is disappointing for anyone whose favorite airport is OAK, it is also disappointing for me, whose favorite airport is SJC. But I guess it makes sense because JetBlue is also adding new routes like JFK-BZN, so they would need to make room by cutting fligths which do not meet expectations. I am just glad that SJC will still have service to LGB because of Southwest.
Noooo! Since OAK is one of my closest airports this really sucks
like @Ishrion said above, OAK isn’t really really doing well with losing all those routes. I don’t think United will look at the airport, maybe spirit will do more with it, Alaska could also maybe grow there… just some guesses
Although I am extremely excited to see JetBlue expanding service at my home airport (BZN), I have to admit I’m a little surprised that they would chose Bozeman over Oakland…
All these flight cuts make me wonder how long the airline will actually keep these new routes. If they are cutting flights from large cities, I have a hard time seeing them serving rural Montana for very long.
I think the reason why they are cutting Oakland is because it became a tertiary airport in the Bay Area. Many airlines, yes even low cost, have been choosing San Francisco or San Jose over Oakland. And since Oakland is a low-cost airport, and the city is not the brightest, many passengers would rather fly into San Francisco or San Jose.
San Jose also recently passed Oakland as the second most popular airport in the Bay Area, and it continues to grow and improve as it gets more passengers than it can handle. Airlines take notice of that and since they don’t see much development over at Oakland, they choose a different airport