Affordably priced airline Breeze Airways, which launched last year, is increasing its presence at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, bringing more flights and employment to the air transportation hub of the Ocean State.
The airline made the decision to base its operations at the Warwick airport, which has the Providence airport code PVD, on Tuesday. This move will result in the addition of at least 20 routes over a five-year period and up to 250 full-time jobs.
The announcement comes just over a year after Breeze started providing service in the Providence region.
Breeze currently provides five nonstop flights per week from PVD to Richmond, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Jacksonville.
However, the company said in a news release that there are already plans to increase nonstop service to Savannah, Georgia, and Los Angeles’s LAX starting next year, as well as seasonal service to Columbus.
On Breeze’s website Tuesday afternoon, a one-way low-price point ticket from PVD to LAX in February 2023 was priced at $124.50.
“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,” Tom Doxey, president of Breeze Airways, said in a statement. “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.”
“Establishing a base of operations at T. F Green International not only creates more good paying jobs in Rhode Island but also supports our tourism efforts by bringing in new tourists and visitors to our great state which in turn supports our economy,” McKee said in a statement. “I want to thank Breeze for choosing Rhode Island and we stand ready to ensure this is a success.”
Breeze, which David Neeleman founded along with JetBlue, began operations in Salt Lake City in May 2021 and currently offers 87 nonstop routes between 30 cities in 18 states. According to the company, the airline focuses on offering “efficient and affordable flights between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times.”
By the end of the following year, Breeze will be able to run about 20 weekly departures from Rhode Island thanks to the expansion, with plans to increase that number to 44 weekly departures by the year 2027.
At the T.F. Green International Airport in Rhode Island, Breeze will keep up to eight aircraft. The Airbus A-220, which Breeze called “a brand-new aircraft with industry-leading fuel efficiency,” will make up the majority of that fleet.
Pilots, flight attendants, support staff, and maintenance personnel are among the occupations anticipated at Breeze’s base of operations.
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