Posted On: October 9, 2018
JetBlue Airways has announced it will be discontinuing service from several markets, including Daytona Beach. The decision was part of a system-wide reallocation, spurred by the need to reduce expenses nationwide.
"Obviously, we are disappointed with JetBlue’s announcement to exit the market. However, we realize airlines have difficult decisions to make,” said Airport Director Rick Karl. “It’s unfortunate Daytona Beach was part of a system-wide reallocation strategy, but we understand JetBlue's need to reduce expenses and reallocate resources to their focus cities."
Karl added: “We’re very appreciative of JetBlue’s professionalism and personal commitment to our community over the past three years. We look forward to building our relationship with JetBlue in the future, and hopefully someday facilitating their return to Daytona Beach. We also look forward to new opportunities ahead and building upon the airport’s record growth we’ve experienced in the past decade.”
Since JetBlue began non-stop, daily service in January 2016, the airport has seen record passenger traffic. The increased volume can be attributed to market growth by all three air carriers.
"Airport staff and local community worked extremely hard to recruit and retain JetBlue service,” said George Recktenwald, interim county manager. “The efforts and resources utilized to enhance JetBlue's service were extraordinary for a small, non-hub airport.”
JetBlue Airways will discontinue service on Jan. 8, 2019. For questions or concerns regarding current travel through JetBlue to or from Daytona Beach International Airport, call the airline at 800-538-2583.
To read JetBlue’s full release, visit http://mediaroom.jetblue.com/investor-relations/press-releases/2018/10-09-2018-163556413.