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article imageJetBlue Cancels More Flights Into Monday

By Micah The Auto Freak     Feb 18, 2007 in Business
JetBlue called off almost a quarter of its flights for Monday but hoped that would be the last round of cancellations as it struggles to recover from the snowstorm that saw some travelers sitting on grounded planes for hours.
A BIG MESS!
Jetblue has faired the worst from this weeks blizzard which put travel at a standstill for some time. Jetblue has had to cancel flights all weekend to get those stranded passengers off to their destinations meaning people who now are trying to fly out, cant. They have just recently made the decision to cancel original flights into MONDAY to continue to clean up the masses of people still stranded.
Thus causing people who had normally scheduled flights to get canceled. Here is a list of most of the airports being affected by this backlog of flights:All JetBlue flights were canceled in and out of 11 airports: Richmond, Va.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Austin and Houston, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Nashville; Portland, Maine; and Bermuda.
"The airline had scheduled 600 flights for President's Day, more than the 550 to 575 flights it has on a normal Monday, but 139 of them were canceled, JetBlue announced late Saturday. The latest cancellations were needed to make sure all flight crews had gotten the legally mandated amount of rest before returning to service, JetBlue Airways Corp. spokesman Sebastian White said Sunday."
Some travel horror stories:
"Maria Arbelo and two companions had been ticketed for a JetBlue flight to Houston on Saturday morning to get on a cruise. That flight was canceled, as were all flights to Houston on Sunday. The airline put the three women up in a hotel for the night, and had them on a Sunday evening flight to Cancun. From there, they would have to find a driver to take them on a four-hour trip to meet their ship."
"Oh my God, horrendous," Arbelo, a teacher from New Haven, Conn., said of her experience. "It's been a terrible ordeal, I tell you. We've been from line to line."
"I laugh about it because there's nothing we can do,"
The disruptions also meant jetblue faced mountains of luggage checked by would-be travelers. Some passengers complained that after their flights were canceled no one could find their bags.
This whole thing is a mess and I think this could really damage jetblue's image as a "good" stable airline to fly on. None of the other mainstream airlines made the big news and all managed to rebound with minor losses except jetblue. Do you think this will do much damage as to hurt future sales? Could jetblue go under?
Micah
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