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JetBlue plans to launch flights to Atlanta in 2017

JetBlue Airways plans to return to Atlanta.

The New York-based low-cost carrier has long been missing from the world's busiest airport. But that is set to change next year.

JetBlue recently sent a letter of interest to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, after months of conversations between the airline and the airport.

JetBlue has been the highest-ranked carrier in J.D. Power's North American airline satisfaction study for 12 years in a row.

It has been nearly 13 years since JetBlue last attempted to fly into Atlanta, which lasted only six months before it decided to pull out amid an airline battle with Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways.

"We are always looking to expand and fly to the places people want to go," JetBlue spokesman Philip Stewart said in a written statement this week, while adding that the airline has no specific decisions to announce on Atlanta at this time.

For more on when JetBlue plans to launch flights in Atlanta and to read details on what happened the last time JetBlue served Hartsfield-Jackson, get the full story on myAJC.com.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.