May 28, 2021
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About this Deal
Breeze Airways is the second new U.S. carrier in less than a month after Avelo debuted last month. The carrier is the fifth airline started by JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman.
Breeze Airways is offering fares that start at $39, for routes it says are underserved around the U.S. Flights begin just before Memorial Day weekend, with service from Charleston, South Carolina, to Tampa, Florida, and Hartford, Connecticut. It plans to operate 39 routes by July 22, including Charleston to Columbus, Ohio, New Orleans, and Huntsville, Alabama. Breeze will use 10 all-economy class Embraer E-190 jets with 108 seats and three E-195 planes with 118 seats.
Breeze says it won’t charge fees for changing or canceling flights. Major carriers got rid of change fees during the pandemic for standard economy tickets in an effort to win back travelers. The start-up will charge $20 for checked or carry-on bags. Book $39 fares by June 1 for travel through February 1, 2022.
Breeze isn’t the only new low-cost entrant into the U.S. market. Avelo Airlines’ first flights took off last month from Burbank, California, on used Boeing 737s. Andrew Levy, the airline’s founder and CEO, a former executive at Allegiant Air and until 2018 United Airlines’ CFO, is also targeting underserved markets with nonstop service and $19 fares. Book at introductory prices through June 30, 2021.