Good news for many Atlanta travelers! JetBlue Airways has indicated that it intends to resume serving Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in September 2017. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the airline recently

“…sent a letter of interest to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, saying it plans to renew service to Atlanta in September 2017.

The airline said it plans 16 daily flights as long as it can get access to two gates suitable for large aircraft “and higher end business and leisure travelers that JetBlue is targeting in the Atlanta market.”

JetBlue last served Atlanta in 2003.

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Image courtesy of JetBlue Airways

My Take

This is really good news. As you know, I routinely fly Delta, and I don’t think that’s going to change. However, a little competition, especially from a great airline like JetBlue, is a good thing for Atlanta travelers, and I would opine, even for Delta. It never hurts to have someone keeping you on your toes and JetBlue’s superior coach product offering might be just the ticket for that.

JetBlue did not disclose the markets it would serve, but I would speculate that New York, Boston, and perhaps Fort Lauderdale might be good launch markets. That’s probably a better idea than the west coast market they started off with before. Which markets do you expect JetBlue will serve when they finally return to Atlanta?

-MJ, July 8, 2016