One in all America’s latest airways is marking its third birthday with a giant announcement.

Breeze Airways, based in Could 2021, unveiled plans Wednesday to dramatically improve its service over the following half-decade at T.F. Inexperienced Worldwide Airport (PVD) in Windfall.

Already working as much as 132 weekly flights and 18 locations out of the New England airport, Breeze is plotting as many as 35 locations over the following 5 years — and 200 weekly nonstops.

As a part of an settlement, Breeze is anticipated to develop its footprint to a few worldwide locations or U.S. territories, defined the corporate’s founder and CEO, David Neeleman.

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“We have been chomping on the bit to do worldwide for a bit of bit right here,” Neeleman stated in an interview this week with TPG.

By fall, Breeze may have 9 working bases. It’s going to have three bases in Florida — as soon as its Fort Myers base opens in October — and two in New England, together with Windfall. The opposite is at Bradley Worldwide Airport (BDL) close to Hartford.

However the extra service choices the Provo, Utah-based service is planning out of T.F. Inexperienced will far surpass the presence it at the moment has in anyone market. The transfer will see Breeze base as many as 12 jets in Windfall and double its personnel headcount to round 400.

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“We at all times say, if we will add a metropolis, we add 4 or 5 locations — and if these replenish, we’ll hold including,” Neeleman stated. “We see there is a clear path to 35 completely different locations we are able to fly to [from Providence]. The airport’s been supportive, the governor, everybody.”

Certainly, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee joined Breeze executives in Windfall to announce the expansion plans, together with an settlement with the federal government that may see the service function routes to not less than seven cities west of the Mississippi, Neeleman stated.

Here is how Breeze’s present Windfall route map shakes out, as proven by aviation analytics agency Cirium.


“This enlargement will deliver in additional financial exercise, extra good-paying jobs, extra routes, extra guests, and assist set Rhode Island up as a real vacation spot state,” McKee stated in a press release saying the information.

As a part of the settlement, Breeze will even decide to pursuing interline agreements with worldwide carriers over the following three years to assist Windfall change into extra of a connecting hub for worldwide site visitors, the Rhode Island Airport Company stated in a press release Wednesday.

Worldwide hopes

As soon as it clears regulatory necessities, the place would possibly Breeze fly internationally?

“Wherever we are able to draw a seven-hour circle round Windfall,” Neeleman stated, alluding to the vary of the Airbus A220. This plane, the service stated earlier this yr, will finally change into the only plane in its fleet. The corporate simply took supply of its twenty fifth A220-300 this week.

“We’ve got a variety of flexibility that we might do: Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, even some locations in Central America,” Neeleman stated. He additionally famous North Atlantic islands as a potential touchdown spot — a potential reference to Bermuda or the Azores.

“And perhaps even — I suppose we might do Iceland or Eire,” Neeleman added.

Monetary progress

The announcement follows Breeze lately finishing its second straight — and second-ever — worthwhile month in April, firm leaders confirmed to TPG. Neeleman reiterated the corporate’s hopes to be worthwhile for the complete 2024 yr “or near it.”

However that “dramatic enchancment” he cited additionally comes amid a difficult panorama reported by a number of of Breeze’s home leisure-heavy airline opponents. This is because of stiff competitors in common trip markets like Orlando, Las Vegas and locations in Latin America.


It has fueled lackluster quarterly earnings on the likes of Southwest Airways, JetBlue, Spirit and Frontier in latest months — to not point out community shake-ups and different technique modifications at a few of these carriers.

How’s Breeze faring?

“It is OK. Over 90% of our routes, we haven’t any nonstop competitors. It doesn’t suggest we’re immune from connecting carriers making an attempt to match our fares, however we’re doing good from that perspective,” Neeleman, maybe greatest identified for founding JetBlue, stated.

“I believe one of many challenges the opposite guys have is, they’ve gone greater with greater and greater airplanes to try to drive down their seat-mile prices. And the massive guys stated, ‘Effectively, we are able to play that sport, too,” he continued. “They’re sort of in a hub warfare, in a way, and we simply sort of keep out of that. With our decrease journey value airplane that we’ve we simply do not want as a lot income per flight as they do and we are able to sneak into locations and fly locations that they cannot.”

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