Breeze Celebrates Three Years of Commercial Flights

Breeze A220
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This week, U.S. NLCC (Nice Low Cost Carrier), Breeze Airways, celebrated its third anniversary, announcing more expansion plans.

This article will cover the details surrounding Breeze’s third anniversary of flying and what the U.S. carrier has revealed.

Breeze Celebrates Three Years

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Marking their third anniversary, Breeze Airways has plans to significantly expand its operations from Providence, Rhode Island over the next five years. As well as this, the carrier has taken delivery of their 25th Airbus A220-300, registered as N235BZ. Finally, the carrier will also be offering 33% off roundtrip flights from May 29th till October 1.

Breeze first began selling tickets on May 21, 2021. Which back then was to just 16 destinations, and started flying six days later on May 27 with the inaugural flight between Tampa and Charleston.

Over these three years, the U.S. NLCC has carried more than five million passengers. They also now serves over 170 nonstop routes between 56 cities across 29 states.

However, for the first time since beginning operations, Breeze is expecting its first full-quarter of profitability in Q2 2024.

Onto the expansion plans at Providence Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport (PVD), the carrier currently operates 132 weekly flights to 18 destinations. However, the expansion will see the carrier ramp up to 200 weekly flights, across 35 destinations. This includes three international or U.S. territory cities.

Not only this but the expansion will also see Breeze base up to 12 aircraft in PVD. As well as double its employee count to 400.

In terms of fleet expansion plans, Breeze took delivery of its 25th A220 this month. They will then take an additional 65 A220s over the next five years. This averages out at approximately one aircraft every month. By fall 2024, the carrier will have phased out its old Embraer aircraft to operate an only-A220 fleet.

Senior Comments

Breeze Founder and CEO, David Neeleman, says, “Throughout my career, which now includes the launch of five airlines, I have found that there is simply no equivalent for strong, strategic partnerships that align with both the goals of the airline and the communities it serves.”

“A large part of the success Breeze has achieved in such a short period of time can be attributed to support we have received from many of our airport, government and community partners – such as right here in the state of Rhode Island.”

“I am very grateful to Governor McKee, Senator Reed, the Speaker, Senate President and General Assembly, and to Iftikhar and the whole team at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation for their unwavering support and belief in what we are building.”

Governor Dan McKee, adds, “This is an exciting day for Rhode Island. We’re proud to be home to one of the top ten airports in the world and we’re even prouder to have Breeze Airways expanding its footprint in our state.”

“This expansion will bring in more economic activity, more good-paying jobs, more routes, more visitors, and help set Rhode Island up as a true destination state.”

U. S. Senator, Jack Reed also says, “This is more good news for the state, the airport and consumers. Breeze’s significant and growing presence here as a base of operations is another example of the federal investments in our state’s airport infrastructure paying real dividends.”

Finally, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, Iftikhar Ahmad, says, “Breeze Airways’ exceptional performance at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport is a wonderful success story, not just for the airline, but for Rhode Island and all of Southern New England.”

“Breeze Airways exceeded expectations for enhanced air service and expanded employment, and we look forward to the continued growth of new jobs and new routes to new destinations made possible through this agreement.”

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