Breeze Airways to bring service to OKC, TulsaPublished: Monday, May 24, 2021 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
Breeze Airways has announced new nonstop service between Oklahoma City and Tampa, New Orleans and San Antonio and also between Tulsa and the same destinations.
In a release, the company affiliated with JetBlue said its first flight out of Oklahoma City will be to Tampa on July 1, followed by San Antonio and New Orleans on July 15.
“We are excited to announce that Breeze has selected OKC and the Greater Oklahoma City area as one of its first markets,” Airports Director Mark Kranenburg said. “The markets Breeze has chosen for OKC are three of our top 10 unserved markets.”
Year-round, nonstop service from Tulsa to Tampa International Airport is slated to begin June 4 and to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and San Antonio International Airport July 15, according to a Tulsa Regional Chamber release.
The cities in Oklahoma are among 16 initial smaller market cities identified in the Breeze route network. Breeze is the fifth airline founded by aviation pioneer David Neeleman, who previously started JetBlue Airways, WestJet, Azul and Morris Air.
“To be selected as one of the original cities in the Breeze network is a testament to the Tulsa community and the attractiveness of our market,” Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust Chief Executive Officer Alexis Higgins said. “We are thrilled to welcome Breeze as our seventh airline at TUL and are excited about the new destinations they are adding to the route map from Tulsa.”
In a release, Breeze Airways said it will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, flying routes with an average flight length of less than two hours. Ten E190 jets will be configured to seat 108 passengers while three E195 aircraft will have 118 seats.
Breeze will fly exclusively in the southern and eastern U.S. Other currently identified cities to be serviced include Bentonville/Fayetteville, Huntsville, Akron/Canton, Pittsburgh, Richmond/Norfolk, Charleston, Hartford and Providence.
Breeze is scheduled to begin taking delivery of 60 new Airbus A220 aircraft beginning in October, with plans to expand the network nationwide.
The company noted that introductory fares in Oklahoma will be as low as $39.
Flights can be researched and purchased at www.flybreeze.com.
“There are a significant number of unserved markets from there that will provide us with many years of growth opportunities,” Breeze founder David Neeleman said in statement included in the Tulsa chamber release. “And we’re thrilled to be able to give Tulsa residents nonstop service so they can get where they want to go twice as fast for half the cost.”