JetBlue Airways' capacity at Fort Lauderdale and Boston at the end of 2013 will increase more than 10% compared to the same period last year, evidence of the carrier's ongoing effort to expand operations outside its base in New York.
"Boston and Fort Lauderdale. ... are the two markets that we continue to prioritise for growth," said JetBlue's chief commercial officer Robin Hayes during the New York-based airline's second quarter earnings call in July. "Our network growth is ... really out those two markets. The rest of the network is either flat or close to flat."
JetBlue will carry 265,044 seats from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport in December, 12% more than it carried in December 2012 and 24% more than in December 2011, according to Flightglobal/Innovata data.
In recent months JetBlue has upped international flying from the South Florida city and plans to have 100 daily flights from the airport by 2017, according to executives who spoke to investors in March.
By December, JetBlue will have more than 60 daily flights from Fort Lauderdale, serving roughly 20 destinations in the USA, Caribbean and South America.
Much of the additional Fort Lauderdale capacity comes from new routes added in recent months.
In June, the airline launched daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Medellín in Columbia and San Jose in Costa Rica.
More flights will come later this year, with service set to start 7 November to Worcester, Massachusetts, 21 November to Lima, Peru and 5 December to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
In addition, JetBlue has plans to add service in some existing markets. Schedules show JetBlue will double capacity from Fort Lauderdale to Bogotá, Colombia in December with the addition of a second daily flight.
JetBlue executives see Fort Lauderdale as a less-expensive alternative to Miami and rich with opportunity.
"South Florida's large population and diverse demographic have driven significant leisure and business traffic. We believe there are many Latin American markets with tremendous growth potential currently underserved by other airlines," JetBlue's chief executive David Barger said in July.
JetBlue's additional capacity at Fort Lauderdale cements its place as the leading carrier at the airport, with the airline expected to carry 20% of available seats from the airport in December 2013, according to Flightglobal/Innovata.
JetBlue is also the leading carrier at Boston, where it will carry 26% of the airport's available seats in 2013, data shows.
In December of this year, JetBlue's capacity at the airport will reach 416,500 seats, up 9% from the same period last year and up 20% in two years.
JetBlue serves nearly 50 cities from Boston - more than any carrier in history, according to David Barger.
This year JetBlue added routes from Boston to Charleston in South Carolina, Philadelphia and Houston.
It also increased capacity on existing routes, including those to Seattle, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Washington, DC, according to Flightglobal/Innovata.
The Boston and Fort Lauderdale expansions have come as JetBlue's capacity has remained largely flat at it primary hub, John F. Kennedy International airport (JFK) in New York.
In December, JetBlue will carry 633,000 seats from JFK, up 3% year over year, according to Flightglobal/Innovata.