Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
JetBlue Swaps Slots with American Airlines
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
New York, NY —
A week after JetBlue announced it will stay in New York City, and build new headquarters in Queens, the carrier says it's reducing its presence at New York City airports. American Airlines will take over 12 of JetBlue's takeoff and landing slots at Kennedy Airport. In return, JetBlue will get gates out of Westchester County and Reagan National near Washington D.C.
The two airlines plan to offer travelers connections on each other's flights, and they're calling the deal a win-win. In total, American Airlines is adding 31 routes from LaGuardia and Kennedy, to places like Atlanta, Madrid, and San Jose, Costa Rica.