JetBlue to Expand in New York, D.C.

Low-fare favorite JetBlue Airways will soon be expanding its East Coast operations, as it has been awarded two bundles of eight daily slot pairs — one arriving and one departing flight per pair — at New York LaGuardia Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, it announced last week.

The slot bundles were secured by way of an auction that was held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which invited select airlines in the United States and Canada to bid on two slot packages at LaGuardia and one at Reagan National. The slots were divested by Delta Air Lines and US Airways under the terms of a recent slot swap transaction between the two carriers.

"Over the years, JetBlue has sought opportunities to grow in both Washington and New York," said Scott Laurence JetBlue's vice president of network planning and partnerships. "By nimbly seizing opportunities like this unique auction, we will be able to significantly expand our low fare presence in the nation's capital and our hometown of New York City. We're very excited to continue to invest in New York, as well as Washington Reagan National, a market that's quickly proven to be a strong one for JetBlue after just one year of service. We look forward to bringing more low fares and welcoming more customers to these two popular airports."

JetBlue has offered low fare flights at LaGuardia since 2004 and currently provides nonstop service to three Florida destinations — Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Orlando and West Palm Beach — with up to 10 daily flights. At Reagan National, where JetBlue began operations in November 2010, the carrier operates up to nine daily flights to its focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Orlando.

Canadian airline WestJet also was awarded a slot bundle at LaGuardia, although not at Reagan. So far, neither airline has announced schedules or destinations for their new slots.