After four years in the market, JetBlue closed all operations to Mexico City. This is the third US Airline to close operations to Mexico City. Alaska Airlines canceled its flights in November 2018. Following that, Southwest Airlines ceased operations to Mexico City on March 2019.
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JetBlue cancels all routes to Mexico City
JetBlue first started its Mexico City routes in 2015. The airline operates daily flights to Mexico City with A320s out of Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK, and Orlando. Starting January 9 JetBlue will cancel all its operations towards Mexico City. Currently, JetBlue is the only airline to fly from Boston to Mexico City and from Fort Lauderdale to Mexico City. On their Orlando and New York routes, they have competition from Aeromexico and Delta Airlines.
Besides the completion from the joint venture of Aeromexico and Delta, JetBlue missed out on some business travelers. For flights to Mexico City, JetBlue did not offer its premium Mint class focusing only on leisure passengers. However, the rest of the JetBlue routes to Mexico, like Cancun, are still untouched and highly in demand. The closing represents a small portion of JetBlue’s market. Only four daily flights are canceled. That leaves the question will they and where will they expand next?
The partnership between Aeromexico and Delta airline
Delta Airlines and Aeromexico entered a partnership covering flights between the US and Mexico. The hub of Aeromexico is in Mexico City. This partnership allows Delta and Aeromexico to more closely coordinate schedules, pricing, and operations. Their goal is to get the majority of travelers going between the US and Mexico City. This partnership presented competition for routes to Mexico City for JetBlue. They could not compete with the competitive market and the partnership between the two airlines. That could be one of the reasons they are scrapping them.
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