We've written several times this month about JetBlue's suddenly very public dispute with Long Beach Airport, which started with an interview with The Cranky Flier in which JetBlue CEO Dave Barger seemed to threaten to pull all of JetBlue's services from the airport if it does not make long-promised improvements. You can read some of the prior Things With Wings blog posts here and here and here. But as I wrote in Aviation Daily (subsciber-only story), the leadership of JetBlue and the airport were scheduled to meet in New York April 21, and today JetBlue CEO Dave Barger made a few favorable comments about it during his airline's third quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts.
"I'm very encouraged by the meetings that took place this week with the Long Beach leadership here in New York," Barger said. Barger said they talked about gates, parking and "food and beverage opportunities."
Barger also said "we remain committed to Long Beach."
But lest you think this settles things, Barger also threw in some caveats. He continued to say that JetBlue is disappointed about the lack of upgrades at the airport since JetBlue began operations there, and made it clear he is waiting to see if the words he considered "encouraging" are followed by actions.
"We'll see what plays along those lines with regards to making those improvements real at Long Beach," he said, and added a short time later: "I'm looking forward to seeing some of these improvements in the near future."