This Saturday JetBlue is offering $4 flights between the Burbank and Long Beach airports in an effort to help residents avoid the inevitable Carmegedon that will occur with the closing of a 10-mile stretch of the city’s infamously slow 405 freeway. We thought it was a joke when we first saw mention of the promotion, but the joke’s on the environment because they have already sold out their four scheduled flights for that day. The puddle-jumping flights will end up consuming tons of fuel to travel a minute distance that could easily be reached by more fuel-efficient vehicles – the shortest route between the two airports doesn’t even involve the 405!
Los Angeles residents have known about the closure for quite some time now, and many have made plans to either stay put or get out of town this weekend before the closure. We highly recommend taking people-powered transportation to get your errands done – we’ll be hoping on our bikes.
Personally, I don’t know a lot of people who have a reason to make the trip from Burbank to Long Beach during the weekend, so it seems like there may be quite a few people jumping on board just for the $4 ticket. As you can see from the map above, the red indicates the 10 mile closure, and the A and B points indicate the airports that JetBlue will be flying to and from. According to Terrapass, the 58 mile one way flight between Long Beach and Burbank leaves a footprint of roughly 37 lbs of CO2 per person. We’ll see what JetBlue does for a promotion the next time the 405 closes (which is already scheduled to take place in the not-so-distant future).