TLH Director Clarifies JetBlue Confusion

Posted at 4:22 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 14:31:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A viewer reached out to us after discovering "JetBlue" was an option he saw while booking a flight out of Tallahassee.

Is it true, JetBlue? Check out their website. A viewer told WTXL the airline was an option for flights from Tallahassee to Hartford, Connecticut.

When you type "TLH" as a destination, it shows up, so, what's the deal?

At Tallahassee International Airport, the list of arrivals and departures don't include JetBlue. That's because the airline doesn't fly in and out of here, but a partner airline does.

"We currently have Silver Airways in our market, and Silver over the past two years has had a co-share agreement with JetBlue," said Chris Curry, the director of aviation for the City of Tallahassee. "The cities served by Silver from Tallahassee is Tampa, Orlanda and Fort Lauderdale, which are all JetBlue cities. So, if you fly out of Tallahassee and you use the GDS system to book your reservation, you can connect with JetBlue out of those three locations, and you get all the credits associated with flying JetBlue and baggage transfers, et cetera."

Last year, the airport hosted a conference focused on airline updates. While you won't see JetBlue on this list of airlines yet, the city's director of aviation says the airport continues to work with JetBlue to make that a reality.

"We have the infrastructure in place to fit any aircraft in their inventory," said Curry.

JetBlue doesn't include Tallahassee on its map of destinations. Friday, the airline sent us this statement:

"We are always looking to expand and fly to the places people want to go. We have no decisions regarding Tallahassee to announce at this time."

Still, the goal is get JetBlue to the Capital City, an initiative started by the community. Last year, the "GetBlue" campaign raised more than a million dollars in ticket pledges to bring the airline here.

As the airport awaits additions of other airlines, it continues its renovations, adding a third lane for TSA pre-check customers. That phase is expected to be completed in October.