JetBlue Founder’s Breeze Airways Plans Expansion From Westchester Airport

A Breeze Airways plane on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Tampa, Florida, U.S., Thursday, May 27, 2021.

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Breeze Airways plans to add eight flights, including service to California, from Westchester County Airport, a bet the start-up can win over commuters looking to avoid a trip to the region’s mega-hubs from New York.

The airline, launched by JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman, offers nonstop routes from Westchester to Los Angeles; San Francisco; Charleston, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia and Norfolk, Virginia. It will also offer a flight with a stopover to New Orleans.

The announcement comes a month after Breeze Airways said it would nearly double its network this year. The Westchester flights are part of a strategy by upstarts like Breeze and Avelo Airlines to capitalize on traveler demand in smaller cities.

“They want to go non-stop, and they want to do it more efficiently,” Breeze CEO Neeleman said in an interview.

Neeleman said the strategy is focused on leisure travelers, noting that many business travelers prioritize airlines that offer multiple frequencies as well as frequent flyer status.

Breeze Airways plans to use its Airbus A220-300s on routes across the country, which include 36 first class seats.

The carrier is also adding service from Bradley International Airport in Hartford to Las Vegas, its eighth route from the Connecticut airport.

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