Breeze Airways has recently announced some major route reshuffling which, while not surprising given the fact that Breeze Airways only launched last year, is still very noteworthy.
Several Breeze routes will be cut in the coming months leading up to May when Breeze will fly their first a220 on revenue routes. Breeze is suspending their Columbus (CMH) to Tampa (TPA) route, apparently with no plans to resume any time soon. Other Ohio-based routes, namely Columbus (CMH) to New Orleans (MSY) and Akron/Canton (CAK) to New Orleans (MSY), will also be cut to seasonal service from year-round service. A carrier spokesperson told The Points Guy that these MSY routes will only operate between October and New Years, and then from February to April.
That's not all, though. Several other routes in Breeze's network will see frequency adjustments:
|New Orleans (MSY)||Louisville (SDF)||From 4x to 2x weekly|
|Hartford (BDL)||Columbus (CMH)||From 4x to 3x weekly|
|Hartford (BDL)||Norfolk (ORF)||From 4x to 3x weekly|
|Hartford (BDL)||Pittsburgh (PIT)||From 4x to 3x weekly|
|Tampa (TPA)||Bentonville (XNA)||From 4x to 3x weekly|
|Tampa (TPA)||Richmond (RIC)||From 5x weekly to daily|
|Charleston (CHS)||Columbus (CMH)||From 2x weekly to 4x weekly|
|Charleston (CHS)||Norfolk (ORF)||From 2x weekly to 4x weekly|
|Charleston (CHS)||Pittsburgh (PIT)||From 2x weekly to 4x weekly|
|Charleston (CHS)||Tampa (TPA)||From 5x weekly to daily|
|Norfolk (ORF)||Tampa (TPA)||From 5x weekly to daily|
|Norfolk (ORF)||Providence (PVD)||From 5x weekly to daily|
Chart from Zach Griff/The Points Guy.
These changes mark Breeze's second expansion since November when the airline cut a handful of routes and modified many others. Interestingly, along with these changes, Breeze has now expanded their booking window into September for passengers looking to book cheap Breeze Airways summer flights.
This year marks an exciting period for Breeze as they will be launching their first a220 flights soon; compared to their existing fleet of Embraer 190s and 195s, the a220 will be a major upgrade for passengers, offering more legroom, more overhead bin space, and larger windows.
To read about my experience flying on the Airbus A220, you can read that here.
Breeze's a220 flights will launch on May 4, and while several cities will see lower frequencies on some point-to-point routes as detailed in the chart above, Breeze continues to make large strides towards its path to success. Indeed, Breeze's model of low-cost, point-to-point service to smaller markets is unique in the U.S. -- even when considering Southwest -- making these new Breeze developments all the more exciting.
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