Breeze Airways, a new low-cost carrier headquartered in Utah, has announced they will establish a base in Rhode Island with 20 new routes.
Breeze plans to grow its network at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) to 20 routes by 2023 over a 5 year period which they also expect to create 250 new jobs. The airline will base 8 jets at PVD that will increase the number of weekly departures from PVD to 44 by 2027. The main aircraft type expects to be the new Airbus A 220, which is very fuel efficient.
The airline currently has nonstop services to five cities, including Charleston, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Richmond, Virginia. Breeze Airlines will also begin flying nonstop to Savannah, Georgia next year, as well as returning seasonal service to Columbus.
“Since launching here a year ago, the community, the airport and the state of Rhode Island have fully embraced Breeze - making it one of our fastest growing cities,” said Tom Doxey, President of Breeze Airways. “The ease and convenience of flying from PVD perfectly encapsulates our ‘Seriously Nice’ approach to air travel and we’re thrilled to expand our services from T.F. Green in the coming years.”
Breeze, a fast and affordable airline, is expanding its business model across the U.S. using mid-sized aircraft, such as the A220-300. The airline offers change and cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure, as well as other benefits like free family seating and a la carte pricing and upgrades.
While we just lamented yesterday Delta's cutting of 5 Midwest routes, it's great to see new carriers being so aggressive and serving smaller markets. We need more airlines to create more choices and better prices but the stark truth is, starting a new airline and making it successful is hard. Let's hope Breeze has the staying power...