JetBlue has launched flights from New York and Boston to Amsterdam

JetBlue has started operating flights between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) after a protracted search for slots at the Dutch airport. The JFK-based airline will launch service between the airport in New York City and AMS "starting late this summer with service between Boston and Amsterdam to follow" after that. Amsterdam will follow Paris and London in becoming a JetBlue destination. Paris did so in June 2023.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JetBlue Robin Hayes said, "This route is long ripe for some competition. "For too long, the U.S. legacy carriers have locked customers in with very high fares and subpar service, supported by their joint ventures with other international airlines that enjoy immunity from antitrust laws," Hayes continued. The CEO stated that JetBlue hopes to "bring down fares and improve the experience for customers flying between the United States and Amsterdam," much like with flights to London and Paris.

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The airline will fly an Airbus A321LR with 114 economy class seats and 24 Mint (Business class) suites between the two US cities and the Dutch capital. JFK and AMS are separated by 3,166 nautical miles (5,863 km), according to the Great Circle Mapper, whereas BOS and AMS are separated by 3,004 nm (5,563 km). Airbus estimates that the A321LR's maximum range is 4,000 nm (7,400 km). Since a Dutch court recently invalidated the municipal government's plan to reduce annual air movements at AMS from 500,000 to 460,000 starting in November 2023, JetBlue says it is "confident there is an opportunity for it to enter the market." The company had complained to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that the Dutch government had discriminated against it even though it was still obtaining AMS slots. But it issued a warning that access issues might not go away.

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Airport slots were handed to JetBlue by the deeply bankrupt Flybe on an as-needed basis, without respect to earlier agreements. The airline would then need to apply for permission to fly to AMS once more for the upcoming winter season. Back then, the airline said that "ACNL [Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL) - ed. note] has provided no explanation as to why these prior FlyBe slots, which had historic status, have been made temporarily available to JetBlue." In addition, even if JetBlue was granted permission to operate to AMS, a "return to the status quo only a few months after any initiation of JetBlue service at AMS would be extraordinarily disruptive, precluding a U.S. carrier from maintaining any continuity of service in the Amsterdam air services market" would be extremely disruptive.

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