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JetBlue cutting flights at Bob Hope Airport

December 5, 2012 |  6:35 pm

Bob Hope Airport officials approved additional parking rate increases this week to tackle steady revenue drops caused by declining passenger activity that’s expected to be exacerbated by JetBlue’s decision to eliminate all daytime flights at the airfield as of Jan. 6.

The decision will eliminate one daily flight to JFK International Airport in New York City and another to Las Vegas. JetBlue’s evening service to JFK will continue.

A spokeswoman for the airline, Tamara Young, said in a statement that customer demand is “the ultimate factor in determining a route or flight schedule.”

And despite cutbacks in Burbank, JetBlue’s overall network continues to expand, Young said.

“Our ongoing commitment to the Los Angeles metro area remains strong, with plans to operate over 40 flights a day during peak,” she said.

In addition to the Bob Hope Airport, JetBlue operates six daily flights to JFK from Los Angeles International Airport and two from Long Beach.

The cutback at Bob Hope only adds to the pain felt when American Airlines withdrew completely from the airfield. Officials attributed a steep drop in passenger use and parking revenues this fall in large part to American’s departure.


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