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New ‘Seriously Nice’ airline Breeze Airways to launch service at TPA

A brand new airline is joining the industry and its inaugural market is Tampa Bay.

Introducing itself as a “Seriously Nice” U.S. carrier from JetBlue founder David Neeleman, Breeze Airways today unveiled its debut network, comprising 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Eastern US. The first flights operate between Tampa, Charleston and Hartford, Conn., starting May 27, with remaining destinations to be added each week through July 2021. Flights are now on sale at www.flybreeze.com and the Breeze app, starting at just $39* one way.

Tampa International Airport and Breeze will make history together next week as they launch their inaugural flight departing from Tampa to Charleston, S.C.

“Tampa International Airport is proud and excited to be a part of this historic launch with Breeze Airways,” TPA CEO Joe Lopano said. “Home to one of America’s favorite airports known for excellent service and strong business partnerships, the Tampa Bay community is committed to supporting this innovative new airline.”

Breeze joins TPA’s airline family at a time when the Tampa Bay market is experiencing rapid growth in its recovery from the pandemic and travelers are eager to return to the skies.

Breeze is Neeleman’s fifth airline start-up, after JetBlue, Brazil’s Azul, Canada’s WestJet, and Utah-based Morris Air, which was later purchased by Southwest Airlines. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Breeze will focus most flights from four markets: Tampa, Charleston, New Orleans, and Norfolk, Va.

Joined by an experienced team of industry veterans, Neeleman set out to build an airline that offers a great experience with low fares and high flexibility.

“Together, we created Breeze as a new airline merging technology with kindness,” Neeleman said. “Breeze provides nonstop service between underserved routes across the U.S. at affordable fares. A staggering 95 percent of Breeze routes currently have no airline serving them nonstop. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.”

From Tampa Bay, Breeze will inaugurate service on 10 routes, most of which are currently not served: Charleston; Louisville; Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Norfolk; Bentonville/Fayetteville, Ark.; Akron/Canton, Ohio; Richmond, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; and Huntsville, Ala.

Breeze will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, flying routes with an average flight length of under two hours. The ten E190 jets will be configured to seat 108 guests while the three E195 aircraft will have 118 seats. Guests may choose from fares that include “Nice” regular seating, or “Nicer” seats with extra legroom. All Embraer aircraft will be a two-by-two seat configuration, so there are no middle seats.

Breeze also has ordered 60 brand new Airbus A220 aircraft that will be delivered one per month for five years, starting in October this year. The A220 routes, which will be announced this fall, all will be longer than two hours’ flight time. The A220s will include a premium cabin, “Nicest,” in a two-by-two configuration at the front of the plane. The remainder of the aircraft will feature a two-by-three seat configuration.

*$39 fare is available on select flights. Seats are limited. Must be purchased by May 31, 2021 for travel through February 15, 2022. Price displayed includes taxes & government fees. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

About Breeze Airways

Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze Airways is a new low cost airline offering point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. Breeze’s team is a group of aviation experts and fanatics, working day and night to build a “Seriously Nice” airline. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to improve the travel experience.

Partners in Action

Breeze Airways’ investment in our airport and region is the result of strong partnerships with our convention, tourism and economic development partners. Their support was vital in achieving this new service and TPA shares in their excitement about what this means for Tampa Bay.

Breeze flyers will find a slice of paradise every time they touch down at TPA,” said Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “As one of the hottest markets in the country, our tourism industry has made an amazing comeback and Breeze picked the perfect time to join the party.” 

“Our award-winning beaches shine brightest when we work together,” said Steve Hayes, President & CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater. “Their low fares, leisure destinations and unique business model will make them the new go-to airline.”

“The addition of Breeze is a reflection of the business-friendly climate we’ve cultivated here in Tampa Bay,” said Craig Richard, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. “We’re laser-focused on continuing to land new company headquarters and this new airline will only help facilitate that growth.” 

“Breeze will open the door to more connections, more family reunions, more business meetings and more tourism dollars for our region,” said J.P. DuBuque, President & CEO of the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation. “Teamwork is what got us here and these strong relationships will continue to help us soar toward a bright future.” 

“This is a major win for the Tampa Bay area and the entire team who helped make this announcement possible,” said Bob Rohrlack, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Chamber. “Our businesses are excited to introduce more visitors to all the great things our region has to offer.” 

“Of the countless markets they could have a presence in, Breeze chose to put its support behind the Tampa Bay region and the best airport in the country,” said Chris Steinocher, President & CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. “You can’t ask for a bigger vote of confidence.”