JetBlue Suspends Most Northeast Service

JetBlue planes at Logan Airport (Charles Krupa/AP)
JetBlue planes at Logan Airport (Charles Krupa/AP)

JetBlue, the largest carrier at Boston's Logan Airport, is shutting down its Northeast operations for 17 hours to rest its fleet and wait out more bad weather.

The airline is canceling all flights out of Logan, New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, and New Jersey's Newark Airport for 17 hours starting at 5 p.m. Monday. It said it would begin ramping up its operations at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with full service expected to return by 3 p.m.

The cancellations come ahead of the potential for record low temperatures in the region and after a hectic week for passengers, when a number of flights were canceled due to a snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow across Massachusetts.

"This is to ensure recovery of our operations as efficiently as possible and be fully operable by [Tuesday]," JetBlue said in a statement.

The move comes amid new rules that went into effect over the weekend mandating more rest for pilots and crew members.

JetBlue asked passengers to check their flight status online and did not rule out the possibility of further cancellations.

At Logan Airport, passengers still seemed surprised.

"It's understandable, they're overwhelmed and whatever," said Terry Zigmund, of Burlington, Vt. Her 1 p.m. flight to New Orleans was canceled. "But even still, we had to drive here to talk to somebody to find out when we're going to fly, if we're going to fly."

Zigmund was one of the lucky ones — with a place to stay. Not so lucky was Whitney Pyatt, who was trying to fly from Charlotte, N.C., to San Francisco to start a new job on Wednesday.

"I checked with them upstairs and they said the earliest they could get me out would be [Saturday] the 11th. Otherwise I could re-book with a different airline," she said.

Pyatt says she's frustrated, but is still hoping to get to California in time for her first day on the job. Still, she admitted that booking with another airline would be "very, very expensive."

This article was originally published on January 06, 2014.

Jack Lepiarz Reporter and Anchor
Jack Lepiarz was a reporter and anchor at WBUR.



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