Low-cost airline JetBlue Airways announced Tuesday it will begin passenger service out of Los Angeles International Airport in May.


The carrier plans to offer three daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, as well as one daily nonstop flight to Boston's Logan International Airport.


The move increases competition for Southwest Airlines and other low-cost carriers.


JetBlue, based in Forest Hills, N.Y., already flies to 54 locations, including Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and Long Beach Airport. There is speculation that the airline will increase service out of those airports.


The carrier began offering service out of Southern California in 2000, with flights out of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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