Even though Cancun is currently one of the hottest vacation spots in the world for U.S. travelers, JetBlue is permanently canceling two of its flight routes between the city and the U.S. Routes from both Austin, TX and Nashville, TN will end for good on April 30, 2022. This is in part due to the number of extra flights added during the Covid-19 pandemic. These flights were added in response to the high demand, at that time, for travel options to and from short-distance, warm-weather destinations.
With U.S. travelers wanting to get away from the cold temperatures, there was an uptick in the need for more flights to sunny destinations like Cancun. Now that travel restrictions are being lifted and the warm weather is just around the corner for many U.S. cities, more people are heading back to places like Europe for their vacations than during the pandemic. Many of the other routes canceled by the airline involve warmer destinations as well.
Despite the fact that Cancun has seen very high numbers of tourists during the spring break season, this could lead to fewer travelers from certain cities in the United States flying to Cancun in the short term. In the long term, though, Cancun will always remain one of the hottest Caribbean destinations for U.S. travelers. These cancelations have taken place in the midst of a number of temporary cancelations by the airline that will begin at the end of the month as well. Flights along those routes are scheduled to reconvene in October.
Other reasons cited for these permanent and temporary changes include the need to focus on profitable routes during off-peak times, the rising fuel prices, and the ongoing staffing issues that almost all businesses are facing these days. If fuel prices continue to rise, we could see more canceled routes from JetBlue, as well as other airlines.
Other direct flights from JetBlue will not be affected as of right now. Below is a list of the JetBlue direct flights to Cancun that will continue to be available for the foreseeable future:
- Boston, MA
- Hartford, CT
- New York, NY
- Newark, NJ
- Las Vegas, NV
- Los Angeles, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Raleigh, NC
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Orlando, FL
- Tampa, FL
This removes the only direct mid-west JetBlue flights out of the U.S. to Cancun. Travelers from these areas will have to find an alternative airline if they want a direct flight departing from an airport closer to home. Other airlines with direct flights from U.S. cities to Cancun include:
- American Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
This leaves plenty of options left for travelers who want direct flights to and from Cancun. It is unknown at this time if other airlines will cancel routes, either permanently or temporarily. Over the last few months, Cancun has seen an increase in tourists coming from the U.S., especially during spring break, but the numbers have still not surpassed those seen prior to the pandemic. JetBlue removing routes that fly into the city from the U.S. might seem like it could hurt tourism to some degree, but Cancun will always be a destination hotspot. If people want to vacation in Cancun, they will find an airline to get them there.
At the beginning of the year, there were reportedly already over 50,000 flights going into Cancun International Airport already booked. The city is also geared up for a possible record-breaking Easter holiday, with hotels booked to near capacity already and flights sold out.
With everything changing coming out of the pandemic the travel environment too will begin to change. For this reason, if you plan on visiting this beautiful city in 2022, to be sure that you can get a direct flight out of the U.S., you might want to make those plans soon.
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