|(April 9, 2019, 11:10 p.m.) -- This evening (April 10), the City of Long Beach issued the following statement regarding JetBlue flight slots at LB Airport.:
"We were informed today that JetBlue will be making 10 underutilized flight slots available to other carriers who will be able to fly them in accordance with the amended flight resolution. JetBlue will continue to fly 24 slots, providing great service out of the Long Beach Airport. We expect very strong demand from airlines currently operating at the Long Beach Airport for each of the 10 flight slots that were made available today, and will immediately begin the process to allocate the available slots," said City Manager Patrick H. West.
The City's statement came after LBREPORT.com (and the PressTelegram, followed by some others) reported that a LB Airport/city management memo had sent LB's Mayor/Council a memo on
JetBlue issued a corporate statement (reported by LBREPORT.com) that didn't provide specifics, and LBREPORT.com pursued the story further. We asked an LB Airport spokesperson to indicate what JetBlue had said in response to the City's letter...and as of noon, we'd received no response from the City.
Nearly seven hours later, the City issued its statement above and provides additional background below.
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[City of LB April 10 statement text] The City anticipates the flight slots relinquished from JetBlue today will be permanently reallocated in accordance to the Airport's established reallocation process to the carriers on the existing waitlist. Each incumbent carrier on the waiting list will be offered one slot and the process will repeat in turn from top to bottom until all slots are allocated or until demand is satisfied.
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