JetBlue is adding a pair of flights between Buffalo, NY and Los Angeles in a move that's aimed at drawing Canadians across the border to start their West Coast travel. Flying from Buffalo can save about 30% on the fare, and avoid unpleasantly long customs pre-clearance lines at Toronto's airport.
It's an unusual move for JetBlue, since neither city is a hub that would allow them to feed passengers into other routes; it's strictly a point-to-point proposition. But since about half of Buffalo's passengers are Canadians who cross the border for cheaper fares or who live as near Buffalo as Toronto, it may be a viable deal.
The flight will leave Buffalo daily at 6:40 pm, arriving in LA at about 9; the return flight will be a red-eye, arriving in Buffalo at around 6 am. For more background, from USA Today, click HERE
JetBlue is also adding two other cross-country routes, adding a flight between Boston and Salt Lake City, and another from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego. Both are evening flights headed west, and red-eyes on the return east.