New Route of the Day – Americas (4 January 2024): JetBlue between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee
JetBlue introduced flights between Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, on Thursday 4 January, becoming its first new route of the new year. The 630-kilometre interstate service will be maintained daily with the A320 aircraft. The airline will compete directly against Silver Airways’ daily flights. Fort Lauderdale becomes the first route ever to be operated by JetBlue out of Tallahassee.
Flight B62396 departs Fort Lauderdale at 8:12 local time, arriving in Tallahassee at 09:40 local time. The return service, operating as flight B62397, departs the state capital at 10:25, touching down back in Fort Lauderdale at 11:51.
What they said
Robert Land, Head of Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel at JetBlue, said: “We are thrilled to introduce much needed competition and relief to a route that has suffered from high fares for decades. This new route further demonstrates our commitment to the Sunshine state and to providing low fares, great service and connectivity to customers in Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee and beyond”.
Mark Gale, CEO and Director of Aviation at Fort Lauderdale Airport, noted: “We celebrate JetBlue’s launch of nonstop jet service from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee as frequent fliers on this route have long desired more flight options for travel between these two Florida destinations. This is a great way to start 2024, and we look forward to continued collaboration with JetBlue as it eyes additional growth at FLL for the future.”
Deborah Wasserman Schultz, US representative for Florida’s 25th congressional district, added: “I am very pleased to see additional commercial options for Floridians to travel between South Florida and our state capital. I hope this is only the beginning of connecting all parts of our state to Florida’s critical seat of government and the rest of the region through the heart of South Florida here at FLL.”
JetBlue boosts Florida’s interconnectivity
In Florida, JetBlue currently offers service in its focus cities of Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as in Miami, West Palm Beach, Key West, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Sarasota/Bradenton and Tampa. Within the state, JetBlue currently offers flights from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville.
With the introduction of the Tallahassee service, JetBlue will now serve over 40 destinations from Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue plans to combine with Spirit and further grow its Fort Lauderdale schedule over the coming years, ultimately reaching more than 250 daily departures by 2027, once the merger is approved.
Tallahassee, located in Florida’s north, is the state’s ninth-largest city and home to numerous local government institutions and universities. It has a population of almost 200,000 people. JetBlue becomes just the fourth carrier serving Tallahassee, alongside American, Delta and Silver Airways. The airport handled 820,591 passengers in 2022.