Virgin adds flight to San Francisco, JetBlue cancels route

File Image. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
File Image. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Virgin America announced Monday they are adding a daily flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Francisco International Airport beginning in July. On the same say, JetBlue told KXAN in a statement they are canceling flights between the same two airports after June 16.

Virgin America already has one daily flight between Austin and San Francisco. Their current daily flight leaves Austin for San Francisco at 6 p.m. and arrives in San Francisco at 7:45 p.m. The return flight leaves San Francisco at 11:40 a.m. and arrived in Austin at 5:10 p.m.

Their new flight, beginning July 8, will leave Austin at 9:20 a.m. and will arrive in San Francisco at 11:05 a.m. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 3:30 p.m. and will arrive in Austin at 9:05 p.m.

JetBlue says they’re canceling routes between five cities:

  1. Austin and San Francisco (ends June 16)
  2. Palm Beach, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico (ends June 16)
  3. Oakland, California and Washington-Dulles (ends June 16)
  4. Long Beach, California and Washington-Dulles (ends September 2)
  5. Buffalo, New York and Fort Myers, Florida (seasonal service will not resume in November)

JetBlue is canceling the routes because they need to free up aircraft to begin new service from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

Customers booked on canceled flights will be given a full refund, JetBlue says. They will also receive “a $50 good will credit for their inconvenience.”

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