JetBlue Airways is ending service to Oakland International Airport on April 29, the company announced Thursday.
That means the East Bay hub will lose flights to New York John F. Kennedy, Boston and Long Beach. JetBlue will continue to serve Bay Area travelers from airports in San Francisco and San Jose.
It’s part of JetBlue’s plan to redeploy aircraft by adding flights on some existing routes and reducing flights on others “that are not meeting expectations,” the press release said.
Oakland’s Director of Aviation Bryant L. Francis said in a statement Thursday that Oakland was JetBlue’s initial Bay Area base.
“JetBlue Airways has been an important part of the OAK airport family for 20 years, so clearly today’s news is disappointing. The fact that several of JetBlue’s local team members have been onboard for most of this time speaks volumes to the type of employer it is,” Francis said.
“As the Bay Area grows in population and as a major center for business and tourism, the convenience and easy access of Oakland International Airport will become more important to both airlines and travelers. All the while, we will continue our focus on enhancing the customer experience,” he added.
JetBlue is not the first to leave the East Bay – low cost carrier Norwegian Air announced in December it would do the same.
Mallory Moench is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter:@mallorymoench
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