PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Breeze Airways and Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee announced today that Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) will become a base of operations for the airline in 2023.
Over a five-year period, Breeze will grow its network at PVD to at least 20 routes, operating some 20 weekly departures by the end of 2023, reaching an expected 44 weekly departures by 2027. The airline will base up to eight aircraft at PVD, most of which will be the Airbus A-220, a brand-new aircraft with industry-leading fuel efficiency.
The agreement will result in as many as 250 full-time jobs, including pilots and flight attendants, as well as support staff and maintenance personnel to sustain at least 20 nonstop routes.
Breeze began serving Providence on July 22, 2021 and currently serves five destinations nonstop, including Charleston, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Norfolk, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Richmond, VA. The airline also will begin flying nonstop to Savannah, GA, and to Los Angeles, CA (LAX) next year, as well as returning seasonal service to Columbus.
“Since launching here a year ago, the community, the airport and the state of Rhode Island have fully embraced Breeze - making it one of our fastest growing cities,” said Tom Doxey, President of Breeze Airways. “The ease and convenience of flying from PVD perfectly encapsulates our ‘Seriously Nice’ approach to air travel and we’re thrilled to expand our services from T.F. Green in the coming years.”
“Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport is thrilled to become a base of operations for Breeze Airways,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. “The benefits of this wonderful news go well beyond the airport, and will help create new jobs and new revenues throughout Rhode Island to help grow our local economy for years to come.”
“Today’s announcement continues our state’s economic momentum,” said Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee. “Establishing a base of operations at T. F Green International not only creates more good paying jobs in Rhode Island but also supports our tourism efforts by bringing in new tourists and visitors to our great state which in turn supports our economy. I want to thank Breeze for choosing Rhode Island and we stand ready to ensure this is a success.”
Breeze’s business model, which focuses on providing fast, efficient, and affordable air service between underserved city pairs, has continued to expand its footprint across the U.S. using mid-sized aircraft, such as the A220-300. The airline doesn’t charge change or cancellation fees up to 15 minutes prior to departure and offers other benefits such as free family seating and a la carte pricing and upgrades including premium seating.
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About Breeze Airways
Breeze Airways began service in May 2021 from 16 destinations primarily in the east and southeast of the United States. One year later, it was ranked as the No. 2 U.S. best domestic airline of 2021 by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s World’s Best Awards. In 2022, Breeze expanded west across the U.S., including coast-to-coast flights, and now offers 87 nonstop routes between 30 cities in 18 states. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze operates a fleet of Embraer 190/195 and Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with a focus on providing efficient and affordable flights between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features – including complimentary family seating - delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly. Flights are on sale at www.flybreeze.com and via the Breeze app.
About Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport
A convenient and low-cost gateway to New England, Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) has a large catchment area with 7.5 million residents within 90 minutes of the airport. It attracts passengers from nearby Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. PVD is located just outside of Providence, Rhode Island. Well known for ease of traveler access, affordable parking, and faster security lines, Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport was named as one of USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Best Small Airports” for 2021, “Top Three” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best 2021” Awards and was most recently named 5th “Best Airport” in the U.S. in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. With three Top 5 rankings in 2021, Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport has now earned the distinction of being the only airport in the Northeast to receive honors from all three major travel publications.