LONDON – American Startup airline Breeze Airways announced the addition of a fifth base to its growing domestic network. David Neelman’s newest low-cost carrier is adding a base in Hartford, Connecticut. This is the second base of a Low-cost carrier in the state. On Thursday, Breeze Airways, which launched in May 2021, announced that they will be starting to base aircraft in Hartford’s Bradley International Airport.
They operated service from Charleston to Hartford since their first day of operation and flew there ever since. The carrier currently operates four nonstop routes from Hartford. Those include Charleston, Columbus, Norfolk, and Pittsburgh. David Neelman announced that there are another eight routes yet to be announced.
Breeze will permanently house aircraft at the airport and will create over 200 jobs. The carrier will hire a local flight crew and mechanics. The first of the carrier’s brand new A220s will operate all four existing routes and bump up the frequencies of each flight.
The Low-Cost carrier also secured over $1 million in grants from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development if it keeps its promises regarding the new jobs.
Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont said: “Over the last few years, Bradley has gained a national reputation as one of the best operated and most convenient airports in the country, and airlines are taking note as they increase their service and add more routes from Connecticut’s largest airport,”
“Bradley is a key economic driver for our state, and the more airlines and destinations that we can add from the airport, the more attractive Connecticut becomes to companies that are seeking to grow their own operation,”
“I am excited that Breeze has committed to establishing a base of operations at Bradley, and I look forward to their continued growth here.”
This news comes shortly after Avelo, another Low-cost carrier that launched in April 2021, announced four routes out of Southern Connecticut, with New Haven being its Base.
DECD Commissioner David Lehman and Peter Denious, CEO of nonprofit organization AdvanceCT, Peter Denious said in a joint statement that”Breeze is the latest in a long line of companies investing and putting down roots in Connecticut, the fact that the company is also adding flights is good news for business and leisure travelers alike.”
Despite the news from Avelo however, Breeze will welcome the challenge with open arms as the carrier looks to begin to increase the market and route reach that it has across the mainland U.S services.