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JetBlue Airways has cut and suspended some of its summer routes as the carrier faces staffing shortages amid increased travel demand.
The airline told FOX Business on Tuesday that the latest changes were made early last week.
"As part of the refinements to our summer schedule, we are reducing some flying to help to ease pressure on our operation during this busy season so that our customers can depend on us to get to them where they need to go. These adjustments also help reduce flying that does not make as much sense in the current environment of significantly higher fuel prices," a spokesperson for the carrier said.
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According to Simple Flying, citing JetBlue's schedule filing over the weekend, the airline cut two routes and suspended seven.
The site said three other changes were made to flights from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
"JetBlue has trimmed some of its growth at Newark to ease congestion and ensure the terminal facilities can accommodate its schedule until construction is completed on the new Terminal A," the airline said in a news release.
JetBlue said it had permanently ended flights from New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Boise Airport in Idaho and Glacier Park International Airport in Montana.
"Most of the capacity reductions we’ve identified take place through frequency changes, but we are also delaying a few reopenings and launches, and suspending several routes for a portion or all of the summer. We are also permanently exiting Boise (BOI) and Kalispell/Glacier National Park (FCA)," it noted.
The airline said the reduction of its summer schedule to focus on hiring and training efforts would aid performance and offer more buffer and flexibility to recover from disruptions.