Report: Jet Blue Saying Sayonara to Tucson

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Our sister newspaper, Inside Tucson Business, is reporting that Jet Blue's last flight out of Tucson will depart on May 12:

JetBlue Airways is leaving Tucson. With its departure Tucson is losing its only nonstop airline link to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The last flights will be May 12.

"We’ve been in the market for 18 months and have not seen the kind of maturation a route requires to be profitable," said Sebastian White, a spokesman for JetBlue. "The fuel environment combined with competition and a lack of market growth all played a contributing role in the closure of Tucson service. When we launched service to Tucson, oil was $66 per barrel. Now it trades in excess of $100."

Read the whole story here.

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