New low-cost airline makes it easier to fly from Westchester


What was a schlep is now child’s play.

Unless you own a private jet, Westchester County Airport is a drastically inconvenient option for city dwellers — and its current commercial offerings don’t extend west of Chicago.

But now there’s a new reason to go north.

Breeze Airways, a new low-cost airline founded by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, debuts at the airport in June with seven nonstop routes.

The airline will introduce nonstop service to Los Angeles; San Francisco; Vegas; Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Savannah, Georgia.

Neeleman says flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Charleston and Las Vegas will operate daily while the others will operate most days of the week.

Breeze Airways is less than a year old and aims to be what Jet Blue was when Neeleman launched it in 2000: an enjoyable and affordable way to fly. The best rates will start at just $39.

A seat on Breeze costs about the same as one on Metro-North.
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Travelers also won’t pay a fee to change or cancel their flights, and they can even do so up to 15 minutes before their scheduled trips. Credits are valid for 24 months.

And the planes themselves? Neeleman says Breeze has a fleet of six new Airbus220-300 planes and 80 more on order. He claims the airline has the widest cabin, highest ceilings, largest windows and largest overhead storage in its class.

There are 126 seats on board including 36 first class seats and ten seats with extra legroom. Breeze also aims to be sustainable by using fuel that emits 25% less carbon emissions than the fuel most airlines rely on.

Breeze’s beginnings in Westchester stem from Neeleman’s personal experience.

“I lived near the airport for over 20 years and was always frustrated that there were never any flights across the country,” he said. “I should do the schlep at JFK. Breeze will finally change that for everyone who lives north of the city of Westchester and parts of Connecticut.

New York Post

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