October 31, 2012

Taking Flight After Sandy

Our first flight took to the skies in Boston last night following Hurricane Sandy and we’re working closely with the airports impacted by the storm to get our operations up and flying.

Updates include:

  • We expect a 90% return to normal operations at Logan and Bradley in Hartford, CT today.
  • Washington D.C. area airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) are also accepting some flights today.
  • We took our first arrival at JFK this morning (the very first plane back into JFK) and are looking at a phased return to service.
  • Newburgh (SWF) should be able to take arrivals as soon as this afternoon.
  • We’ll resume flights at Newark (EWR) and Westchester County (HPN) tomorrow.
  • LaGuardia (LGA) may not open for some time due to infrastructure damage caused by the storm.

We’re planning on a phased recovery in New York as infrastructure comes back online. Today we are focusing on bringing planes and crews back into JFK. While there are some arriving flights into JFK, there still will be no departures until tomorrow when we plan on operating about 50% of our schedule. We’ll continue to build up our service until we’re operating as normal.

Even the Red Sox plane was a welcome sight at JFK this morning!

Airport field conditions are only one part of the recovery solution in New York – public transportation and roadway conditions must be in reasonable condition before we can plan a return to our full schedule. The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has restored limited bus service but is still assessing the full extent of damage to the subways and tunnels .  It could be days before service is restored.  This includes subway, rail (Metro North, Long Island Rail Road), ferry, and AirTrain.

Our first flight out of Boston last night

Our hearts go out to our crewmembers, customers and beyond who have been impacted by the far-reaching devastation of Sandy. Returning to business as usual is a giant team effort and we appreciate your continued patience. Please check your flight status before heading to the airport and stay tuned here on BlueTales and to jetblue.com for updates as they become available and stay safe!

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