Reps. Maloney, Suozzi, Meng, Velázquez, Jeffries, and Meeks Urge JetBlue to Stay in Long Island City

Mar 31, 2021
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) led a letter, also signed by Reps. Suozzi, Meng, Velázquez, Jeffries, and Meeks, to JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes urging him not to move the company’s headquarters from Long Island City, Queens. JetBlue Airway’s lease in Long Island City is set to expire in July 2023, and recent reports have indicated that they are considering moving their headquarters and employees to Florida. 

 

In her letter, the Congresswoman Maloney and her colleagues write, “As ‘New York’s Hometown Airline,’ JetBlue’s corporate headquarters have had a mutually beneficial relationship with Queens since the company’s founding in 1998, and with Long Island City since 2012. In the spirit of that long-standing relationship, we strongly urge to consider keeping JetBlue and its employees in Queens. We believe that New York and your current location offer obvious advantages to JetBlue and to our community. New York City is the top tourist and travel destination in the United States, and the current location of JetBlue’s headquarters stands in affirmation of that fact.”

 

The letter continues, “We deeply appreciate the symbiotic, decades-old relationship that JetBlue has maintained with New York City and Queens. As the then-CEO of JetBlue stated in 2012 at the opening of its current location in Long Island City, 'Since our start up in New York in 1998 and our first flight from JFK in 2000, JetBlue’s home, heart and soul have always remained in New York.' In the interest of both New Yorkers and JetBlue, we strongly urge you to consider keeping your headquarters location and employees in Long Island City.”

 

The text of the letter is below and the PDF can be found HERE.

 

Robin Hayes

CEO

JetBlue Airways

27-01 Queens Plaza North

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

Dear Mr. Hayes:

 

As Members of Congress representing Queens, New York, we write regarding the July 2023 expiration of JetBlue Airway’s lease in Long Island City, Queens, and recent reports that JetBlue is considering moving office locations and employees out of New York and to Florida.

 

As “New York’s Hometown Airline,” JetBlue’s corporate headquarters have had a mutually beneficial relationship with Queens since the company’s founding in 1998, and with Long Island City since 2012. In the spirit of that long-standing relationship, we strongly urge you to consider keeping JetBlue and its employees in Queens.

 

We believe that New York and your current location offer obvious advantages to JetBlue and to our community. New York City is the top tourist and travel destination in the United States, and the current location of JetBlue’s headquarters stands in affirmation of that fact. JetBlue’s historical presence in New York City has enabled it to be a vital part of our city’s economic success. JetBlue serves more daily seats between New York City and Upstate New York than any other airline and has helped grow the regional economy with competitive fares. Further, a vast majority of JetBlue’s operations are centered in the northeast corridor, including the New York area. Even the Brewster Building that JetBlue currently leases has a rich aviation history, as the historical construction site of the first monoplane fighter airplane that the U.S. Navy used in World War II.

 

We deeply appreciate the symbiotic, decades-old relationship that JetBlue has maintained with New York City and Queens. As the then-CEO of JetBlue stated in 2012 at the opening of its current location in Long Island City, “Since our start up in New York in 1998 and our first flight from JFK in 2000, JetBlue’s home, heart and soul have always remained in New York.” In the interest of both New Yorkers and JetBlue, we strongly urge you to consider keeping your headquarters location and employees in Long Island City. 

Sincerely,

 

 

Carolyn B. Maloney                                                           

Member of Congress 

 

Thomas R. Suozzi   

Member of Congress    

 

Grace Meng    

 Member of Congress

 

Nydia M. Velázquez                                                        

Member of Congress                          

 

Hakeem S. Jeffries      

Member of Congress  

 

Gregory W. Meeks

Member of Congress