JetBlue (JBLU) has extended its transatlantic flight schedule between JFK International Airport in New York and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) until at least October 2022.
Initially, the New York airline had secured temporary slots for flights to London Heathrow.
However, JetBlue (JBLU) expects that the route between FKJ and LHR could remain open indefinitely after gaining a slot extension to October 31, 2022.
“We are committed to collaborating with regulators as well as the U.S. and U.K. governments to identify a pathway to staying at Heathrow for the long-term. There’s so much more good we can do as we grow this route if we are allowed to stay and compete,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer of JetBlue (JBLU).
On August 12, 2021, JetBlue (JBLU) flew its brand-new Airbus A321 Long Range aircraft to London Heathrow for the first time.
The airline was the latest to attempt its hand at the transatlantic route, competing against well-established competitors like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
According to JetBlue, consumers were limited to “expensive flights between JFK and Heathrow, especially in the premium travel market” before entering the transatlantic rivalry (JBLU).
JetBlue (JBLU) gives customers more options when it comes to carriers, pricing ranges, and services.
“More competition and choice between airlines deliver even better value for passengers at Heathrow which is why we will continue to support JetBlue’s (JBLU) long-term future at the U.K.’s hub airport,” said Heathrow Airport’s chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye.