JetBlue to discontinue Nashville service

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 11:22am

A little over a year after it began service in Nashville, JetBlue announced today it will discontinue operations at Nashville International Airport (BNA) as of Jan. 6, 2008.

The company also said it will cease service to Columbus, Ohio after it announced its third quarter earnings.

“We’re saddened to see JetBlue leave our market since we value them as a strategic partner in BNA’s diverse landscape of air carriers. We wish them well,” said Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). “We remain optimistic about BNA’s future and steadfast in our commitment to providing exemplary customer service.”

JetBlue began its Nashville service to New York on Aug. 31, 2006. The airline made a splash nationally with its roomier seating, in-flight television and gourmet snacks. At the same time, the airline hit financial hard times in the last year due to an inability to keep up with flight demand.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines also serve New York with daily non-stop flights from Nashville.

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By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It's because of the uncertainty surrounding the Predators. :)

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

No, it's likely because Southwest is already so dominant here, just as cheap, and has far more convenient flight schedules.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It was a joke global.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

One of the reasons might be that air travel has become such a pain in the !!!. And Nashville is so centrally located, many cities and vacation spots can be reached in a day's drive. It probably takes longer to fly to Birmingham, Louisville or even Atlanta than it does to drive there.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

They just aren't makeing money here and rather then asking us for corporate welfare they are moving on.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

That's too bad id, I wish they would have just so you could get your panties in a wad again. :)

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Here id, just for you, please pay close attention:"How to handle a final e when adding a suffix or verb ending": If the suffix or verb ending begins with a vowel, drop the final "e". Example: Amuse + ing = amusing.If the suffix or verb ending begins with a consonant, keep the final "e". Example: measure + ment = measurement.Got it?

By: MFO on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It's a shame that no airline can ever seem to keep their commitment to Nashville. American didn't, Southwest has started to favor Baltimore and cut some cities, other airlines have swtiched to tiny planes, and now Jetblue is leaving. I don't buy the geography and unprofitability excuses because there are cities of similar size in every direction from Nashville that do just fine. Nashville's just the first to get the axe for whatever reason and it's a shame because it's a great city and deserves better. Some may choose to disagree but that's what I think about it.

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

g, I realize it's a joke as the little smiley face indicates. But as I'm not a fan of JetBlue at all, it gave me the opportunity to point out just why they've tanked in Nashville.