JetBlue Airways eyes future growth of Long Beach Airport operations

Allie Shockley, left, high fives her mother Amy Shockley, both of Chico, after Nick Peters, of jetBlue, finds a earlier flight to Oakland for the Shockley's at the Long Beach Airport August 6, 2013.  (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

Allie Shockley, left, high fives her mother Amy Shockley, both of Chico, after Nick Peters, of jetBlue, finds a earlier flight to Oakland for the Shockley’s at the Long Beach Airport August 6, 2013. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)

JetBlue wants to grow at Long Beach Airport. So why is it cutting some flights?

This is a question I answered in Thursday’s Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The newspaper piece goes into a little more depth than some of my earlier blog posts. But the basic idea is this: JetBlue wants to add international flights from LGB, but until the airport builds a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, it is limited to an all-domestic schedule.  Domestic flying is not quite as profitable for JetBlue, so this airline occasionally cuts back on its LGB flights during off-peak periods.

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