JetBlue announced it will halt all flights at New York airports and Boston as of 5 p.m. EST due to the impending cold weather.
The airline will cease opearations at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, JFK and Boston’s Logan Airport, and cancel approximately 35% of their operation, and rest crew and service planes during down time.
JetBlue officials say the decision is to ensure recovery of operations as efficiently as possible and be fully operable by Tuesday at 10 a.m. Service reductions will begin immediately and progress to a 100 percent reduction by 5 p.m.
“As one of the largest carriers in the Northeast, weather in this area impacts our entire route network and operations,” JetBlue said in a statement. “This plan aligns with the current weather forecast: rain/light fog at JFK this morning. After 3 p.m. ET today, flash freezing is anticipated with potential record low temperatures in the New York area down to 0 degrees F in some cases by the end of the night.”
The decision was also linked to the new pilot rest regulation that took effect on January 3rd, FAR 117. Because of the weather around the country causing delays JetBlue’s crewmembers were timing out and becoming “illegal to fly” all around the country. By cancelling flights and resting their crews, the airline can hopefully resume normal operations in the morning.
Passengers are asked to check the status of their flights online and to ensure their contact information is in JetBlue’s record so that flight information can be updated.
JetBlue Passengers Cry Foul
Many travelers on JetBlue are not happy and are saying that JetBlue is using weather as an excuse to simply “reset” the airline after days of irregular operation. Passengers are saying that they are being stranded as JetBlue gets their system in order.
JetBlue says it is committed to operating safely, stresses further cancellations are possible and regrets the impact to its customers.