City of New Orleans: MAYOR CANTRELL, THE CITY, AIRPORT OFFICIALS AND BREEZE AIRWAYS ANNOUNCE NEW SERVICE TO MSY
NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the City of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), in partnership with Governor John Bel Edwards, today announced that Breeze Airways, JetBlue founder David Neeleman’s new US carrier launched service in New Orleans to 10 destinations in July with MSY serving as the airline’s base of operations.
“Our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic puts New Orleans on the best path to be one of the safest places to live and visit,” said Mayor Cantrell. “This connection to new and other cities shows that not only are we a safe place to visit, but also the right place to do business. With the expansion and investment of Breeze Airways, MSY will continue to serve as the gateway and aviation hub for the state and southern Gulf region. “
The 10 cities of Breeze will launch the service to include: Charleston, SC (starting July 8); Akron / Canton, OH (July 15); Bentonville / Fayetteville, AR (July 15); Huntsville, AL (July 15); Louisville, KY (July 15); Norfolk, VA (July 15); Oklahoma City, OK (July 15); Richmond, VA (July 15); Tulsa, OK (July 15); and Columbus, OH (July 16). All cities are new destinations for MSY, with the exception of Louisville, KY and Columbus, OH, which are currently underserved destinations.
With New Orleans as the base of operations for the airline, Breeze Airways will make a $ 6.6 million capital investment in MSY and create 261 new direct jobs, with an average salary of $ 65,000, plus benefits social. Flight crews, maintenance personnel and aircraft will be based in New Orleans. Initially, Breeze Airways will offer up to nine daily departures on peak days, with opportunities for more departures in the future. Breeze flights will arrive and depart at Hall A, located at the west end of the terminal.
In addition to service to New Orleans, Breeze today launched its comprehensive network, which includes 39 non-stop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Eastern United States. .Breeze is Neeleman’s fifth airline start-up, after JetBlue, Brazil Azul, and Canadian WestJet. and Morris Air, based in Utah, which was later purchased by Southwest Airlines. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Breeze will concentrate most flights from four major airports: New Orleans, LA; Tampa, FL; Charleston, SC; and Norfolk, VA.
Joined by a seasoned team of industry veterans, Mr. Neeleman set out to build an airline that offers great experience, low fares and great flexibility: “Together we created Breeze as a new airline. merging technology with cuteness. Breeze provides non-stop service between underserved routes across the US at affordable rates. Currently 95% of Breeze routes are not served by a non-stop airline. With a reservation smooth, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24 months of reusable flight credit, and personalized flight features delivered through a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes buying and flying easy. ”
“The arrival of Breeze Airways to MSY is not only a major victory for New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region, but it is also a positive sign that the resumption of the effects of COVID-19 is near,” said Judge Michael Bagneris, Chairman of the New Orleans Aviation Board. “As an airport, we are always looking forward and looking for opportunities to provide more flight options to travelers, and I am delighted to announce this new partnership with Breeze today. I encourage everyone. to take advantage of these convenient low cost flights to destinations across the country. “
“We are extremely proud that Breeze Airways has recognized the vitality of the New Orleans market by starting with a significant presence at MSY and providing greater connectivity to and from this region,” said Kevin C. Dolliole, Aviation Director for MSY. “With affordable fare options to more destinations, we believe the New Orleans community is more than ready to take advantage of all that Breeze Airways has to offer. I thank Breeze for making this important investment in our local economy, and I am convinced of it. is just the start of what will be a long and successful partnership. “
Representatives from MSY began discussions with representatives from Breeze about a new business in New Orleans in May 2019, and in October 2020, the airline connected with agencies in the city of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana to establish community support for this opportunity.
Louisiana Economic Development estimates that the project will result in 877 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 1,138 new jobs in the New Orleans area.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we understand very well the amount of pent-up excitement of traveling once again, both for tourists eager to experience our unique and welcoming culture, as well as for residents. of Louisiana to explore new destinations, “said Governor John Bel Edwards. “Today, I am proud to announce new destination offerings, courtesy of our newest airline partner, Breeze Airways. In addition to these exciting routes, Breeze Airways is also creating new opportunities for our employees as they establish their base of operations at MSY. We welcome Breeze Airways and I wish them success here in New Orleans and beyond. “
Breeze Airways chose MSY as part of its initial list of destinations, in part because of the city’s broad appeal for tourism, as well as its position among underserved markets – a key focus of Breeze’s growth strategy. . Additionally, New Orleans is geographically positioned for both short haul operations and long haul operations in the future.
“As we welcome visitors back to Louisiana, I am delighted that Breeze Airways is coming to New Orleans,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “With its direct flight offers, more travelers will have the opportunity to experience how you can ‘Feed Your Soul’ in Louisiana with delicious food, incredible music and culture like nowhere else in the world.”
Breeze will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, on routes with an average flight time of less than two hours. The ten E190 planes will be configured to accommodate 108 passengers, while the three E195 planes will have 118 seats. Customers can choose between fares that include regular ‘Nice’ seats or ‘Nicer’ seats with more legroom. All Embraer planes will have a two-by-two seating configuration, so there will be no middle seats.
Breeze has also ordered 60 brand-new Airbus A220 aircraft which will be delivered one per month for five years, starting in October this year. The A220 routes, which will be announced this fall, will all last more than two hours of flight time. The A220s will feature a top-of-the-range “Nicest” cabin in a two-by-two configuration at the front of the aircraft. The remainder of the aircraft will feature a two-by-three-seat configuration.
Low fares, High Flex and credit earned with every flight – and no change or cancellation fees
Breeze introductory prices start at just $ 39 * and there are no change or cancellation fees. Guests earn a credit called “BreezePoints” on all purchases that can be used for future flights or other ancillary products, such as baggage and seat assignments. Customers can change or cancel a flight up to 15 minutes before the scheduled departure without penalty. Unused funds from changes and cancellations are automatically posted to the customer’s Breeze account and do not expire for 24 months.
About Breeze Airways
Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze Airways is a new low-cost airline offering point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter journey times. The Breeze team is a bunch of aviation experts and fanatics, working day and night to build a “Seriously Nice” airline. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to enhance the travel experience. For those wishing to apply for a job with Breeze Airways, click here.
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This press release was produced by the City of New Orleans. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.