JetBlue is launching daily nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
And even as Delta is shutting down one RDU-Florida flight, the net number of Florida non-stop destinations out of the Triangle is still on track to increase in February. Also coming is a new flight to Denver.
AirTrans is launching to Orlando on February 14th..
Southwest, meanwhile, launches its Fort Lauderdale service February 4.
Also, Southwest announced Wednesday that it will launch a new RDU-to-Denver flight on May 10th. Southwest currently offers 31 flights from RDU to eight destinations – Baltimore-Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa-St. Petersburg.
The new JetBlue destination will be the third for the airline at RDU. The airline also offers service to New York and Boston on its 100-seat jets.
Meanwhile, Delta halted its nonstop service from RDU to Los Angeles as of Monday. It also is discontinuing service to Tampa as of Jan. 31, according to The News & Observer.
“We have not received that information,” said RDU spokesperson Mindy Hamlin.
However, Delta is still launching its once-a-week flight to Cancun, Mexico, as of February 2nd, according to Hamlin.
Delta cited increased fuel costs as reasons for stopping the L.A. and Florida flights.
JetBlue fares for the Fort Lauderdale flight start at $69 each way. JetBlue launched service from RDU last year.