JetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) has announced that it will focus on developing Los Angeles Int'l as its sole West Coast base and will transfer all aircraft and crew currently based out of Long Beach to the larger airport.

The carrier said that it would terminate all operations from Long Beach on October 6. As of October 7, it will launch flights from Los Angeles to Austin Bergstrom Int'l, Las Vegas McCarran, Reno/Tahoe, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle Tacoma Int'l, as well as seasonally to Bozeman. The only route from Long Beach which will not be transferred to Los Angeles will be Portland Int'l.

Currently, JetBlue connects Los Angeles with Boston, Buffalo, Fort Lauderdale Int'l, New York JFK, and Orlando Int'l. The airline plans to launch a new service to New York Newark, operated including its premium Mint cabin, on July 23.

JetBlue said that it would continue to serve Ontario and Burbank in the Greater Los Angeles metro area following the closure of its Long Beach operations.

JetBlue's departure from Long Beach will be a significant capacity hit for the airport. According to the ch-aviation capacities module, JetBlue accounts for 15,600 scheduled departure seats out of Long Beach in the week starting October 19, 2020, which amounts to 42.7% of the total scheduled capacity out of the airport. Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has a comparable presence at Long Beach, and the airport is also served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines.

JetBlue added that it intends to further develop its network out of Los Angeles in the future, increasing the currently more than 30 daily departures to around 70 by 2025.