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.
"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.