JetBlue Fighting for Better Gates at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson

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As we recently wrote about, JetBlue Airways is planning their return to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport the end of this month, with initial non-stop service from Atlanta to Boston. We can also expect to see more destinations added in the near future including Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, and New York (JFK).

When it comes to the gates at ATL, the airline thought it would be using the E gates, however due to the airport making these a priority for international flights, it must now use both D and E gates, which JetBlue isn’t too happy about.

Per the AJC,

As JetBlue Airways’ planned launch date for Atlanta service nears, the airline is in a dispute with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over which gates it will use.

New York-based JetBlue plans to start Atlanta-Boston flights on March 30. In the letter to the FAA, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the airline said it had expected to be able to operate out of Concourse E.

But on Feb. 14, six weeks before the flights are scheduled to start, the airport sent a proposal for JetBlue to split its five daily flights between gates on Concourse D and Concourse E.


JetBlue isn’t giving it just yet however, as they are now reaching out to the FAA to step in to see if they can operate out of only Concourse E. When you look at the other carriers serving Atlanta, with the exception of Delta and Southwest who have hubs there, most operate out of Concourse D.

What are your thoughts on this gate battle going on at ATL? Feel free to weigh in your thoughts below.

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  1. JetBlue is going to learn that Delta owns both this airport and the politicians who call the shots. This is Georgia, folks. Y’all ain’t from around here.

  2. I think ATL should give Jetblue a chance. The reason why Jetblue doesn’t want to fly out of Concourse D isn’t only because of the concourse’s space. The other reason is because they share their used gate on D with Alaska Airlines. This won’t allow Jetblue to expand properly in Atlanta. And to make matters worse, Jetblue is now using E190s out of ATL during the weekends due to Concourse D’s space. It is true that E is used for International flights, but it is also used for some Domestic flights as well. Delta needs to learn that they need to share some gates in E. I am not saying I hate Delta in any way or form. I’m just saying that Delta can lend HALF of Concourse C to Southwest, but they can’t lend 2-3 gates in Concourse E for Jetblue. That just isn’t right. I mean, Jetblue flies out of the International Terminal in SFO for crying out loud! Also, It would be great if Jetblue would be able to fly out of E, so that way, they can use their A321s out of Atlanta.

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