"Our expectations were that Long Beach would absolutely be a JetBlue anchor for our West Coast operations, and all of the things that are associated with that — first-class terminal, parking for our customers and the ability to grow responsibly and have a great community partner," [Company spokeswoman Jenny] Dervin said of when JetBlue began service at the airport in 2000. "What we have today is barely better than what we started with."
Scaled back plans for the terminal upgrades are currently being considered by the city council which has JetBlue frustrated even further. Brett Snyder over at CrankyFlier.com initially had the scoop from JetBlue about their frustrations with Long Beach in an interview with CEO Dave Barger, who said "People might have to go to LAX to use us, because we're actually wanted there."
Still, JetBlue's official word is that they are "highly committed to staying in Long Beach and making it what was promised to us when we arrived there."
Once JetBlue starts flying in and out of LAX in June, do you think you'll ever use the Long Beach airport again? Tell us what you think in comments below.
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