[Quick Take] JetBlue Ups Fort Lauderdale Hub; Plans For 140 Daily Flights

JetBLue A320 landing at FLL

Quick Take:

The company was just recently talking about getting to 100 daily flights; now we’re up to 140, a huge jump. VFR (visiting friends & relatives) traffic is driving the growth, especially feeding the nearby Caribbean islands where the company is tremendously popular. Expect to see a lot more “connecting the dots” routes from extant stations into FLL in the coming years as it realizes its full potential as a hub for the company.


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) this week announced it is further growing its presence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with plans to operate an average of 140 daily flights in the winter in the coming years. The expansion will result in roughly 75 percent growth from the carrier’s current size at its South Florida focus city.

As part of JetBlue’s ongoing expansion the airline is adding new nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and increasing the number of flights to Nassau, Bahamas’ Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The airline will now operate nonstop flights to 46 destinations from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. More flights and new nonstop destinations are set to be announced later this year.

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce the next phase of our growth at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president commercial and planning at JetBlue. “JetBlue is the number one airline in Fort Lauderdale not only because of our size, but also because we deliver the very best experience to our customers with our award-winning service and style. We served more than five million customers in Fort Lauderdale last year and they have come to expect nothing but the best when they travel with JetBlue. With things like assigned seating, unlimited free name-brand snacks and complimentary TVs and entertainment at every seat we have truly brought humanity back to air travel in South Florida.”

JetBLue A320 landing at FLL
JetBLue A320 landing at FLL

Added service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood comes as JetBlue continues to upgrade its home at Terminal 3. The airline recently unveiled its interactive customer check-in experience which features state-of-the art kiosks and additional check-in counters in a traveler-friendly configuration. JetBlue also plans to link Terminals 3 and 4 for seamless international connections and offer more retail and dining options for customers.

“The Broward County Aviation Department is elated that JetBlue is making such a huge commitment to our community with their proposed increases in service to benefit travelers in and out of FLL”, said Kent George, Director of Aviation at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

New Nonstop to New Orleans

Roundtrip flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and New Orleans will operate daily starting September 29, 2016. This new route will not only create a new nonstop link between South Florida and The Big Easy, but will also provide connections to JetBlue’s sizable Caribbean and Latin America Network from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. The airline has recently launched or announced new flights between its South Florida focus city and top destinations such as Turks & Caicos, Quito, Ecuador and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Flight Schedule Between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and New Orleans (MSY)

Beginning September 29, 2016

FLL- MSY Flight #1423 MSY – FLL Flight #1422
7:10 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. 8:48 a.m. – 11:33 a.m.

Flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and New Orleans will be operated on the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft offering the airline’s award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (b); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat.

More Nonstops to Nassau

Two new roundtrip flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Nassau will begin operating daily starting August 1, 2016. JetBlue will now offer five daily nonstop flights to the popular vacation destination. Less than an hour flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Nassau is known for its beaches, blue water, coral reefs and world-class resorts.

Flight Schedule Between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Nassau (NAS)

Beginning August 1, 2016

FLL- NAS Flight #1593 NAS – FLL Flight #1394
7:52 a.m. – 8:49 a.m. 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
FLL- NAS Flight #2193 NAS – FLL Flight #2194
9:08 a.m. – 10:07 a.m. 11:03 a.m. – 12:06 p.m.
FLL- NAS Flight #1279 NAS – FLL Flight #1694
10:08 a.m. – 11:08 a.m. 2:59 p.m. – 4:03 p.m.
FLL- NAS Flight #1693 NAS – FLL Flight #1594
1:02 p.m. – 2:03 p.m. 4:42 p.m. – 5:47 p.m.
FLL- NAS Flight #1993 NAS – FLL Flight #1194
4:25 p.m. – 5:24 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:31 p.m.

Flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Nassau will be operated on the airline’s Embraer 190 aircraft, which features the most legroom in coach (b) and spacious two-by-two seating. All customers will enjoy the comfort of a window or aisle seat and the airline’s awarding-winning service including complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks and free first-run Hollywood movies.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 900 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.

(b) JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.


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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. That’s great and all, but last time I was at FLL, there was a serious shortage of public restrooms. One terminal had all the gates serviced by 2 toilets in the men’s room. (I didnt go in the ladies’ room!) Like many, I prefer to use the restroom BEFORE getting on a plane (to avoid using the plane lav if I can), and FLL makes that very difficult.

  2. Agree 100%. I’m B6 Mosaic, and transit FLL frequently, and that terminal needs a better layout. Bathrooms are far an few between. Gate seating is packed when flights are all operating same time in the morning. There is absolutely no quiet spot to sit and relax there. If JetBlue plans to run 140 daily flights out of there, they need a lounge option and more ample facilities in general.

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