New York, Los Angeles Area Airport News: New Routes Coming?

There could be some big changes coming to popular East Coast and West Coast airports – and maybe more flights.

New Routes for Long Beach Airport?

Long Beach Airport (LGB): According to a news report, JetBlue appears to be starting a quest to operate international flights out of the small Southern California airport. Although JetBlue isn’t saying much beyond a letter to airport authorities asking that they apply for a federal customs facility, the airline offers many flights to the Caribbean from other cities, and in recent years has made Long Beach a focus city featuring flights to Anchorage, Boston, New York and more. Can island destinations be far behind? Stay tuned.

For those unfamiliar with Long Beach, it’s just south of Los Angeles, and the Long Beach airport is a mere 20 miles from the vast LAX complex.

New Routes for LaGuardia Airport?

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): New York City’s  airport could begin long-haul flights in the not-too-distant future, or so says the Wall Street Journal. A federal ban on flights greater than 1,500 miles has been in effect since 1984, but the New York Port Authority (which oversees LGA as well as Newark and JFK) has been studying the issue since late last year but as the WSJ reports, talks have been accelerating recently. Lifting the ban “would pave the way for new transcontinental flights between La Guardia and cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Seattle” but there is no mention of any timetable just yet.

Of the Big Three New York-area airports, LaGuardia is the closest to Manhattan.

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Updated: February 26, 2015