Thanks to sky-high fuel costs, discount airline JetBlue Airways has decided to temporarily nix its plans to launch service out of Los Angeles International Airport, the airline said late Tuesday.


JetBlue was scheduled to offer three daily nonstops starting May 21 from LAX to New York's John F. Kennedy as well as one daily nonstop from LAX to Logan International Airport in Boston.


The airline said it costs more than $15,000 to fill up each Airbus A320, which holds about 150 passengers, for the cross-country journey up 56 percent over last year's cost, the airline said.


Ticket sales for the flights were suspended Tuesday and the airline said travelers can request a refund or shift their flight plans to Long Beach, Burbank or Ontario airports, where JetBlue still offers regular service.

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