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JetBlue: 'Carmageddon flights' across L.A. sell out

UPDATED: Thursday, July 14, at 7:44 a.m. ET

JetBlue has a suggestion for Los Angeles-area residents looking for a way to get across town during this weekend's feared Carmageddon event. Fly, of course.

JetBlue announced on Wednesday that it would add two special round-trip flights between Long Beach and Burbank on Saturday (July 16), but fliers had to act fast to snag them.

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The Los Angeles Times says that "in less than four hours, JetBlue Airways sold out all" of the special flights. The Press-Telegram of Long Beach has an even quicker estimate, writing that JetBlue's Carmageddon flights "sold out within two hours of the airline's announcement."

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So, what exactly was the offer that proved irresistible to L.A. fliers?

For $4 each way -- including taxes and fees -- JetBlue promised to help L.A. residents fly over the expected congestion while getting from one side of the metro area to the other. The roughly 40-mile flights are scheduled for 45 minutes -- with most of that "flight time" presumably coming while taxiing on the ground.

"We're helping Angelenos get over the gridlock altogether and enjoy the Valley or the beach, their favorite soccer match or a food festival, without having to brave the traffic jams to get there," Mark Rogers, JetBlue's L.A. marketing manager, says in a press release. "Plus, you'll receive some of the best customer service in the industry … all while having a birds-eye view of the road congestion you've given up."

"It's our shortest flight ever," JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg tells the Press-Telegram.

Dow Jones Newswires also reports on the story, saying JetBlue "declined to offer cost details but said the airline began planning the flight on Monday and determined it had the aircraft and crewmembers available to fly it."

"Our schedule planning team and operations team ... worked very closely with the Long Beach and Burbank airports as well as with the FAA to ensure that they had the appropriate approvals," JetBlue spokeswoman Alison Croyle says to Dow Jones.

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