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Breeze Airways™ Inaugurates New Service From Jacksonville International Airport, Announces Partnership With Minor League Baseball’s Jumbo Shrimp

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Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ low-fare airline founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, officially inaugurated service from Jacksonville International Airport today with a nonstop flight to Richmond, VA.

Richmond marks the first of eight new routes to be added from Jacksonville this summer, with fares starting as low as $49 one way.

On May 27, Breeze will add nonstop service to four cities: Columbus, OH; New Orleans, LA; Providence, RI; and Norfolk, VA. The airline will then connect Jacksonville with Hartford, CT on June 3; Westchester, NY on June 30; and Las Vegas, NV on September 8.

We’re thrilled to launch the first of eight new routes from Jacksonville today, Breeze connects cities with nonstop flights where only connecting service has been offered by other airlines -- and Jacksonville is an underserved market which deserves many more nonstops. We’re looking forward to giving our Northeast Florida Guests many more nice, convenient, and affordable flights to their favorite destinations.”

David Neeleman, Breeze Airways’ Chairman and CEO.

“We are so excited for Breeze Airways to take-off in Jacksonville,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh said. “They will provide nonstop flights to some of the airport’s largest unserved markets at reasonable fares. As Northeast Florida continues to grow, we look forward to Breeze growing with us.”


In celebration of its inaugural service from Jacksonville, Breeze also announced a partnership with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Florida Marlins, furthering its commitment to the Jacksonville metropolitan area.

“The Jumbo Shrimp are thrilled to welcome Breeze to the Jacksonville market and excited to get our partnership going following the first flight from Jacksonville International Airport,” remarked EVP/GM of the Jumbo Shrimp Harold Craw. “The Breeze mantra of ‘Seriously Nice’ aligns perfectly with the fan-centric, affordable family fun that we as the Jumbo Shrimp strive to bring to Northeast Florida.”
 

The new partnership will be celebrated at the Jumbo Shrimp game against the Durham Bulls on May 19 at 7:05 p.m. EDT, when Danny Cox, Breeze Vice President of Guest Empowerment and Airport Operations, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Breeze will operate the new Jacksonville routes with its fleet of both Airbus A220s and Embraer 190s. The airline plans to more than double its fleet this year, from 13 Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft to 30 aircraft, including 14 Airbus A220s and three additional Embraer E-jets. Breeze has ordered 80 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, that will be delivered one per month over the next six years, with options for 40 more.

Breeze’s initial A220 aircraft deliveries will feature 126 seats, including 36 First Class in a two-by-two configuration, 10 Extra Legroom seats, and 80 Standard Economy seats in a two-by-three configuration. The A220 seat configuration is dynamic however and later deliveries will offer 137 total seats, 12 First Class seats, 45 Extra Legroom seats and 80 Standard Economy seats onboard.

About Breeze Airways
Breeze Airways began service in May 2021 primarily in the east and southeast of the United States, but is expanding west across the U.S. with 90 routes between 31 cities in 18 states. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze is a low fare carrier offering “new, nice and nonstop flights” between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to improve the travel experience. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.

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