JetBlue announces new route between MSP, New York

The low-cost airline arrived at MSP in 2017.
Author:
Publish date:

While the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for travel and airlines in particular, Thursday brought the surprise news that JetBlue is launching 30 new routes – including one from Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

The budget airline will from Aug. 6 start a service between MSP and John F. Kennedy International in New York City, with up to two flights per day.

JetBlue will join Delta as the only airlines to offer direct flights between MSP and New York's largest airport.

It comes after a period of months in which the number of flights to and from MSP has dropped dramatically, as it has at airports around the world.

There have been signs of slow recovery in the past month however, with passenger numbers and scheduled flights rising slowly from the Twin Cities airport.

JetBlue says the new routes are in response to customer trends.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"Coronavirus has transformed airline route maps, and as we begin to see small signs of recovery, we continue to be flexible with our network plans to respond to demand trends and generate cash in support of our business,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue.

"We’ve selected routes where customers are showing some interest in travel again and where our low fares and award-winning experience will be noticed."

JetBlue first debuted at MSP in 2017, launching nonstop flights between the Twin Cities and Boston Logan Airport. 

Next Up

Andrelton Simmons / Minnesota Twins

Twins sign Andrelton Simmons to one-year deal

The former Angels shortstop is a four-time Gold Glove winner.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.

Tim Walz

Walz's $52.4 billion budget increases school spending, raises taxes on wealthy

He says the budget will help level the playing field and ensure all Minnesotans have a fair shot at economic recovery,

Screen Shot 2021-01-26 at 12.55.00 PM

Pictures from Minnesota GOP's Deadwood retreat show no masks, no distancing

The pictures were shared in Chair Jennifer Carnahan's latest email newsletter.

Alexus Norberg

Search for girl, 14, missing from St. Cloud

The teen left her home without her parents' permission.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 26

The health departments provided new data daily at 11 a.m.

Related

1024px-Southwest_Airlines_Boeing_737-700_(2014_livery)

Southwest Airlines to launch new route between MSP and Houston

The airline industry has taken a massive hit from the pandemic.

Delta announces nonstop flights between MSP and Mexico City

The Twin Cities will get a direct route to the Mexican capital.

Sun Country adds 19 new seasonal routes – including 8 from MSP

It includes $49 one-way tickets between MSP and Chicago O'Hare.

Sun Country announces new winter routes to Bahamas, Florida

Tickets will start at $79 one-way – albeit before fees.

Sun Country announces 4 new routes out of MSP Airport

The budget airline says fares will start at $59 one-way, before fees and tax.

Travelers have another airline option from MSP – JetBlue

The low-cost airline landed for the first time in the Twin Cities on Thursday.

Spirit quietly ended its MSP-Chicago route months ago

It was up against several bigger airlines.

MSP Airport had a record number of passengers in 2018

It just beat the previous record, set in 2017.