The airline says it’s canceling flights to New York City to avoid “a dangerous situation”.
The decision came on the same day that President Donald Trump called on airlines to help clean up the mess that has emerged following the deaths of three people at Philadelphia International Airport.
JetBlue confirmed that it has been notified that the flights have been cancelled and said it was taking the matter “very seriously”.
“As a matter of policy we do not travel to any of the areas we advise in the US, and we are committed to ensuring our customers have the safest and most secure travel experience possible,” the company said in a statement.
The airline’s announcement comes just a day after a New York Times report that JetBlue had warned it could shut down the entire Philadelphia airport if it had to.
“It’s not just a city, it’s a city of the people, it was a city that I’ve worked in my whole career,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said.
“We’re very disappointed that Jet Blue has decided to close the airport.”
The New York Post reported on Wednesday that JetBoys was looking at options to reduce its dependence on New York, including moving its corporate headquarters to Philadelphia.
The Post quoted a person who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that Jet Bys plan to keep some operations at the Philadelphia airport and would be “sending some of our employees to other parts of the country”.
It was not clear how many JetBlue employees would be affected by the decision.
A spokesperson for JetBlue said the airline was “looking into” the decision and would not comment further until further notice.