JetBlue Airways is launching daily non-stop service from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport to both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
The carrier will begin operating both new routes on April 30. They add to seven new routes which JetBlue Airways launched from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (IATA code FLL) last year.
JetBlue currently offers up to 74 flights a day to 33 destinations from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and it plans to grow to 100 daily flights from FLL by 2017 to meet increasing customer demand in South Florida, according to the airline.
The airline added Detroit to its route network last March, with service from its Boston focus city. Cleveland will become JetBlue’s 88th destination on April 30, also with flights from Boston.
To promote the two new routes linking FLL with Cleveland and Detroit, JetBlue is offering introductory one-way fares from both cities: $23 from Cleveland and $49 from Detroit.
The introductory fares are available for one way travel between April 30 and June 18, 2015, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
All introductory fare tickets much be purchased by January 9.
JetBlue’s schedule for its Fort Lauderdale-Cleveland route will see its flight depart FLL at 8:00 a.m. daily from April 30 and arrive at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) at 10:50 a.m.
In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight will leave CLE at 11:35 a.m. daily from April 30 and will reach FLL at 2:35 p.m.
The carrier’s schedule for its Fort Lauderdale-Detroit service calls for its flight to push back from the gate at FLL at 3:20 p.m. daily from April 30 and land at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) at 6:20 p.m.
In the other direction, JetBlue’s flight will vacate the gate at DTW at 7:05 p.m. daily from April 30 and touch down at FLL at 10:10 p.m.
JetBlue Airways will operate both new Fort Lauderdale routes with 150-seat Airbus A320 jets.
However, these aircraft won’t remain 150-seaters for much longer: JetBlue is planning to add another 15 seats in each of the 130 A320s currently in its fleet, with installation of the extra seats scheduled to start this year. All future A320s and A320neos will be delivered with 165 seats installed.
This move will both reduce JetBlue Airways’ average seat pitch and will also reduce the effective amount of overhead stowage space available for each passenger’s carry-on bags.