JetBlue adds nonstop Buffalo to Los Angeles

Michael Garko, Fly Guys Blog

In an announcement that surprised many industry experts, JetBlue Airways announced this week that it will launch the first ever Los Angeles service from Buffalo starting June 16.

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Neither city is a hub for JetBlue, meaning the route will have to rely solely on passengers flying between the two cities in order to be profitable.

The westbound flight will depart Buffalo at 6:40 p.m. and land at LAX at 9:06 p.m. The return will be a red-eye, leaving LAX at 10:09 p.m. and landing in Buffalo at 6:05 a.m. the following morning. All times given are local.

Buffalo will be the fourth destination served by JetBlue from LAX, including service to its hubs in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and New York JFK.

Los Angeles will be the fifth destination from Buffalo, adding on to service from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK, and the airline’s focus city in Orlando.

The carrier is already looking to court Southern Ontario travelers that would typically use Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

“The Canadian customers are tired of paying very high fares and having to wait a long time to process through Pearson,” said JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes say. “This is a great airport. It’s on their doorstep. The wait times are much less and the fares are much lower.”

In addition to the lower fares JetBlue is promising to deliver, fliers making the trip from Canada will not have to wait in what are typically long lines at the airport’s United States’ “preclearance” customs and immigration checkpoint. Instead, travelers will pass customs on the highway when crossing the border into the U.S.

The westbound flight will depart Buffalo at 6:40 p.m. and land at LAX at 9:06 p.m. The return will be a red-eye, leaving LAX at 10:09 p.m. and landing in Buffalo at 6:05 a.m. the following morning. All times given are local.

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