JetBlue jockeys for prime gates at Hartsfield-Jackson

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

JetBlue Airways is pushing for prime gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as it prepare to launches flights in Atlanta at the end of this month.

New York-based JetBlue plans to start flights from Atlanta to Boston on March 30, but says in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it had expected to be able to operate out of Concourse E at the Atlanta airport.

Concourse E, an international facility built in 1994, has a more spacious feel than the airport's older Concourses T, A, B, C and D. Another international gate facility, Concourse F, was completed in 2012 with the international terminal.

According to the airport, the priority on Concourses E and F is international flights.

In a letter last June, JetBlue's vice president of network planning Dave Clark wrote to Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council that "it's clear that the existing common use gates at the end of the D Concourse are not satisfactory to serve the aircraft and higher end business and leisure travelers that JetBlue is targeting in the Atlanta market."

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