JetBlue announced on Tuesday that it will launch its first-ever transatlantic route to London from two US airports, despite COVID-19 restrictions still in place for international travel.
According to a press release from the airline, the 7-hour flights will depart this summer from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Boston Logan International Airport.
JetBlue will also introduce the single-aisle Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft, which has just 114 seats and 24 Mint suites for transatlantic service.
The airline, known for its low prices, has not released estimated costs for the new transatlantic flights. It is also unclear which London airport the airline will be flying to.
Flights will depart this summer from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Boston Logan International Airport, according to a press release from the airline. The interior design of the Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft with one aisle
JetBlue, known for its low prices, has not released estimated costs for the new transatlantic flights. This image shows one of the suites on the plane that will be used for the transatlantic flights
On average, transatlantic fares are usually well over $ 3,000 round-trip, and in some cases those costs can be as high as $ 4,000 depending on when travelers book.
The announcement comes while the UK still has restrictions on international travel.
Currently travelers are only allowed to leave the UK from England if they have a reasonable excuse such as work, medical visits, etc. The rule applies to holders of UK and non-UK passports.
For the time being, it is illegal to travel abroad without a reasonable excuse and travel abroad for the holidays is not allowed.
It’s unclear when international restrictions will be lifted in the UK, but air travel in the US appears to be recovering from pandemic lows.
More than 1 million travelers have each passed through US airports in the past 20 days, although traffic in March is almost half that of the same month in 2019.
It is also unclear which London airport the airline will be flying to. This image shows one of the suites on the plane that will be used for the transatlantic flights
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On average, transatlantic fares are usually more than $ 3,000 round-trip, and in some cases, those costs can be as high as $ 4,000 depending on when travelers book
Travel numbers are on the rise towards the crucial summer holiday season.
Last summer was a disaster for the airlines, which made them eager to increase their revenues as quickly as possible.
JetBlue forecasts a slowing pace in its sales decline in the first quarter, dropping 61 to 64 percent from the same period in 2019.
Previously, it had predicted a sales decline of 65 to 70 percent.
Tuesday’s announcement also comes less than a month after JetBlue said it is considering staying in New York, where it was founded two decades ago, or moving its headquarters to Florida.
A spokeswoman for the airline said in March that a decision is expected later this year. She said more than 1,300 employees work at the Long Island City headquarters, just across the East River from Manhattan.
The airline said in a statement that its current lease will expire in July 2023 and that it is reviewing its options “ and considering how our space requirements could evolve in a post-pandemic hybrid work environment. ”
JetBlue said it is exploring a number of options, including staying in its current headquarters, moving to another place in New York City, or some New York jobs to existing JetBlue facilities in Florida. The airline has a training center in Orlando and a travel products subsidiary in Fort Lauderdale.
The airline said that whatever it decides on its headquarters, it still plans to expand at all three major airports in the New York City area.
Last month, major US airlines dropped plans to lay off thousands of workers after Congress approved President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion economic aid package.
The legislation included $ 14 billion in salary support for flight attendants, pilots and other personnel.
The hope is that the funding – the third round of Congressional aid to airlines since the coronavirus devastated the U.S. travel industry – will be the last needed before they can become profitable again.