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Those who live or travel to the Houston area are about to either cheer or groan as JetBlue has officially announced that they are closing up shop at Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU) and moving about 30 miles north to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). This change is effective on Oct. 27 as the final flights JetBlue from Hobby will take place on Oct. 26.
A 30-mile move may sound like much ado about nothing, but in Houston, miles spent in traffic can be counted in dog years as it can easily take well over an hour to go those 30 miles certain times of the day.
JetBlue’s new operations will launch out of Terminal A in Bush Intercontinental, the same terminal where you will find an assortment of carriers such as Frontier, Delta, American, Alaska and Spirit. This also places the airline at an airport with lounge options, such as the Amex Centurion Lounge (though in a different terminal).
Currently, JetBlue only operates flights from Houston to two destinations, and no additional route announcements to/from Houston accompanied the announced airport shift from Hobby to Bush Intercontinental.
Effective Oct. 27, the Houston JetBlue new flight schedules will be:
- IAH – JFK Flight #1382 11:13am – 3:35pm
- JFK – IAH Flight #1381 1pm – 4:10pm
- IAH – BOS Flight #1932 4:55pm – 9:32pm
- BOS – IAH Flight #1931 7:00am – 10:13am
JetBlue states that passengers who are currently booked on JetBlue flights to/from Hobby Airport after this transition on Oct. 27, will be automatically rebooked on the new Bush Intercontinental flights. JetBlue will offer full refunds to any passengers who wish to cancel their flights as a result of this airport change.
Also today, JetBlue announced a new route from New York’s JFK to San Jose, Costa Rica’s Santamaría International Airport (SJO) beginning Nov 1. This route will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. JetBlue already has service from JFK to Liberia (LIR), also in Costa Rica.
As someone who lives in the suburbs north of Houston, many in the Houston area do not consider two Houston airports to both be viable regular travel options, and will choose the one closest to their home whenever possible. This move to the north will undoubtedly introduce additional Houston travelers to the JetBlue brand — and virtually guarantees my family will take advantage of their free inflight TV, Wi-Fi, snacks and industry-leading legroom in economy much more frequently.
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