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TPA launches inaugural flight on brand new airline

Tampa International Airport, on May 27, made history, launching first ever flight with brand new airline, Breeze Airways.


As a baby blue Embraer-195 breached through a ceremonial water arch this past Thursday, a new airline was born and flight number 1 earned its wings.

With blue balloons, a themed cake and a champagne christening, Breeze Airways launched its inaugural flight, nonstop to Charleston, from Tampa International Airport. 

From now through the end of July, the airline plans to launch nine other new flights, six of which are currently unserved from Tampa inlcuding Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa, OK, Norfolk, VA, Bentonville/Fayetteville, AR, Huntsville, AL and Akron, OH. 

The new airline, founded by JetBlue co-founder, David Neeleman, joins the TPA 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. In the month of May alone, TPA saw a more than 626 percent increase in passenger volume from this month last year.

"I’m confident this airline will be successful, not only because I know David Neeleman’s track record, but because of the faith I have in the Tampa Bay area," said Airport CEO, Joe Lopano. 

The airline is offering fares starting at $39 one way and flights are bookable through www.flybreeze.com.