JetBlue is considering leaving New York and relocating its headquarters to Florida – NBC New York
JetBlue Airways is considering staying in New York, where it was founded two decades ago, or moving its headquarters to Florida.
An airline spokeswoman said Thursday that a decision is expected later this year. She said more than 1,300 people work at its headquarters in Long Island City, across the East River from Manhattan.
The airline said in a statement that its current lease expires in July 2023 and it is reviewing its options “and considering how our space needs may evolve in a post-pandemic hybrid work environment.”
JetBlue is currently evaluating a number of options, including staying in its current headquarters, moving to another location in New York City, or moving some New York-based jobs to existing JetBlue facilities in Florida. The airline has a training center in Orlando and a travel products subsidiary in Fort Lauderdale.
The airline said that regardless of its headquarters decision, it continues to plan to expand to all three major airports in the New York City area.
The airline’s plans were previously reported by the New York Post, which received a memo to headquarters staff.
JetBlue will be the first US airline to use new UV light technology to fight coronavirus at JFK Airport in New York City and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. (Video courtesy of JetBlue)
JetBlue started flying in 2000 and is currently the sixth largest airline in the country by passenger capacity. The strongest routes are up and down the east coast. It flies to nearby international destinations, including the Caribbean, and plans to launch a flight to London later this year.
Like other airlines, JetBlue has been hard hit by the pandemic. Last year, the company lost nearly $ 1.4 billion as sales fell more than 63% compared to 2019.