JetBlue Inaugurates Atlanta Service After 14 Years of Absence

The inaugural flight pulls into the gate at ATL. (Photo: JetBlue)

On Thursday, JetBlue restarted it’s flights to Atlanta after a 14-year absence. Atlanta-Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport.

The airline greeted the new customers to a rather clever slogan. (Photo: Phillip Stewart NY / Twitter)

The airline inaugurated non-stop flights to ATL from Boston Thursday, becoming JetBlue’s 101st destination. The route will be operated five times daily operating the Airbus A320 with the following schedule:

B6397 Boston 6:05 a.m. departure -> Atlanta 8:53 a.m. arrival  A320

B61097 Boston 9:25 a.m. departure -> Atlanta 12:17 p.m. arrival  A320

B6697 Boston 1:04 p.m. departure -> Atlanta 3:54 p.m. arrival  A320

B6797 Boston 4:15 p.m. departure -> Atlanta 7:08 p.m. arrival  A320

B6997 Boston 8:20 p.m. departure -> Atlanta 11:12 p.m. arrival  A320

B6996 Atlanta 7:00 a.m. departure -> Boston 9:44 a.m. arrival

B6396 Atlanta 9:34 a.m. departure -> Boston 12:18 p.m. arrival

B6404 Atlanta 1:07 p.m. departure -> Boston 3:59 p.m. arrival

B6696 Atlanta 4:35 p.m. departure -> Boston 7:21 p.m. arrival

“It’s a new day for Atlanta travelers who, for too long, have faced high fares and limited choices.” David Clark, JetBlue’s Vice President of sales and revenue management, said in a statement. “As we connect our Boston customers with a top-requested destination, we’re also excited to show Atlanta why JetBlue is a favorite for fliers in the 100 other cities we fly to across the U.S, Caribbean, and Latin America.”

JetBlue executives officially cut the ribbon to the new Boston-Atlanta service. (Photo: Phillip Stewart NY / Twitter)
A celebratory cake celebrating the Atlanta sports teams. (Photo: Phillip Stewart NY / Twitter)

JetBlue hasn’t served Atlanta since 2003, when they served the city from the airlines’ west coast hub at Long Beach Airport, and this service was followed close after by a nonstop Oakland-Atlanta service. After just six months, the airline pulled out of the market and hadn’t returned until now.

The airline has announced in recent months that they plan on beginning flights from Atlanta to New York-JFK, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando, if the gate situation it sorted out soon. Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed by JetBlue towards Atlanta Airport regarding the airport securing gate space in concourse E and F, of which the airline was unwilling to provide. As a result, JetBlue postponed the inaugural Atlanta service from early March to late March, causing a cancellation of tickets to over 50,000 passengers who were due to fly during the days postponed.

Despite some drama along the way, JetBlue was filled in a key gap in it’s growing network, the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield Jackson International.