And just where do you think you’re going this weekend? Hope it’s not by plane, because winter still isn’t done with us yet, and another blizzard is putting the heat on the airlines.
JetBlue, still smarting from its failures during the last big nor’easter, canceled more than 200 flights today. Some other airlines- notably USAirways- are also slashing their schedules.
“We’ve always tried to take a wait-and-see approach with the weather… believing that people want to get to their destination late, rather than never,” (JetBlue spokesman Sebastian) White said Friday. But since the Feb. 14 storm — and the maelstrom of complaints that followed — JetBlue has had “a shift in thinking,” he said.
“Oh, shift!” may be close to what JetBlue thought when they saw the weather forecast for this weekend. The airline made some generous promises to passengers after last month’s debacle, and this weekend’s refunds and re-schedules are sure to cost millions. But the little airline that got big too fast would rather shell out than flame out, with a second big blow to its reputation.