MIAMI — JetBlue Airways will launch new flights between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 29.
The new daily flight will depart Pittsburgh at 07:10 am as JetBlue flight 2007, and will arrive in Fort Lauderdale at 10:00 am. Flights in this direction will begin on October 30. JetBlue flight 2008 will depart Fort Lauderdale at 18:55 pm and arrive in Pittsburgh at 21:30 pm. Flights in this direction begin October 29.
The new flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft seating 150 passengers (including 42 Even More Space seats — 42Y+ / 108Y).
This route announcement comes a little over a year after JetBlue cut flights between Pittsburgh and New York JFK. “PIT-JFK has been unprofitable despite a lot of efforts over the years,” JetBlue spokesman Mateo Lleras said in an e-mail to Today in the Sky. The aircraft dedicated to PIT-JFK was re-deployed to a new route, and the airline increased its frequency between Pittsburgh and Boston. Despite dropping the route, JetBlue reiterated its , and the new route to South Florida does seem to show its commitment to the Pittsburgh market.
Currently, AirTran/Southwest is the only other airline to offer direct flights between Pittsburgh and Fort Lauderdale, with twice daily service. The carrier also serves West Palm Beach seasonally in the winter. American Airlines offers double daily flights between Pittsburgh and nearby Miami operated by 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. In March 2014, the route actually saw mainline service from US Airways A320s on the evening service, though it is unclear whether there is any similar change to American’s flying program this winter.
According to US Department of Transportation data, in the third quarter of 2013 Pittsburgh had per day each way (PDEW) demand of 370 passengers per day to and from South Florida (including Miami, For Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach). The average one-way fare was $177.03 for an average yield of 17.7 cents, resulting in daily O&D revenues of $131,004.61, or $47.8 million on an annualized basis. The current market share leader is AirTran/Southwest, who serviced 149.5 passengers PDEW in Q3, or 40.4% of the market.
*Editor’s Note: Annualized basis is not the same thing as annual revenue. The former is calculated by multiplying daily O&D revenue for a certain period by 365 to give readers a picture of what the total market revenue would be if the O&D revenue per day was the same year round as it was in the third quarter.
The new flights are now bookable at jetblue.com