JetBlue Airways sees potential for new service from its Boston Logan International hub to airports in the midwest, acknowledging the current gap in its network.
Scott Laurence, vice-president of network planning and partnerships at the New York-based low-cost carrier, says the airline is “certainly looking at” the region for flights but says that other markets are higher on its list of priorities. For example, enthusiasm for new service from Reno-Tahoe International airport "has our attention", he says.
Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Indianapolis are cities that JetBlue sees as opportunities from Boston, he says.
JetBlue’s only midwestern destination is Chicago O’Hare.
The airline’s recent domestic growth has focused on the southeastern USA. It will begin Savannah, Georgia, flights in February 2014 and launched Charleston, South Carolina service this past February.
Laurence says that JetBlue wanted to replicate the “overwhelming” success it has had in Jacksonville, Florida, which began in June 2006. He says it had a similar experience in Charleston.
The airline will also begin new service to Worcester, Massachusetts, in November. It started service to Albuquerque, New Mexico, this past April.
JetBlue’s domestic growth is in line with its Boston plans. Savannah is its 50th destination from Logan and chief executive Dave Barger has previously said that it anticipates 150 daily departures from the city by 2015.
The carrier is also expanding its footprint at Boston Logan to 25 gates in terminal C once United moves to currently under construction space in terminal B.
JetBlue’s growth at its New York John F. Kennedy International base is limited due to slot constraints.