Jet Blue Offers $4 Fares

by Greg Pollowitz

To fly from Burbank to Long Beach and avoid the “carmageddon” construction on the 405 Freeway:

(CNN) — JetBlue is making the driver’s fantasy of levitating above traffic a reality in Los Angeles this weekend.

Anticipating the city’s impending “Carmageddon,” the airline known for its egalitarian seating plans, satellite TV and fancy potato chips offered $4 flights between Burbank and Long Beach.

The distance between the two airports is a little less than 40 miles and is the airline’s shortest ever flight, JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said.

For more than 48 hours this weekend, a 10-mile section of Interstate 405 (“The 405″ in local vernacular) will be closed for construction, allowing workers to demolish a bridge and add carpool lanes. The freeway, which links the San Fernando Valley to the coast, usually sees about 500,000 cars each weekend on the stretch of road that will be closed.

JetBlue announced the deal on its special fares Twitter feed Wednesday afternoon. The deal quickly gained momentum.

“405 freeway closure? We’re so over it,” JetBlue wrote on its blog.

What a stupid stunt. I still like it, in a way, since it’s a sure way to anger the Plane Stupid enviros. So, Angelinos, . . . hit the skies!