Breeze Airways Establishing Base at Hartford’s Bradley International
Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon joined Breeze Airways’ CEO David Neeleman today to announce that the low-fare airline is making Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) its fifth base of operations. Breeze has served Hartford since its first day of operations in May 2021.
When Breeze first took flight on May 27 last year, Bradley was one of three destinations the airline served from day one. The airline has since flown some 60,000 guests in and out of Hartford. Establishing Bradley as a base means that the airline will permanently house aircraft at the airport; hire local pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics; and fly new routes. Nationally, by February 19, with the addition of New York/Islip and West Palm Beach this week, the airline will provide service between Hartford and 18 cities in 14 states.
Breeze plans to announce in early March the eight new destinations that it is adding at the airport. Breeze currently serves four nonstops from Bradley, including Charleston, South Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first deliveries of Breeze’s order of 80 brand-new Airbus A220s will operate on all four routes starting in June. Each of the four existing routes will have more weekly frequencies added, most notably the Hartford-Charleston route, which will operate with daily flights this summer.
Breeze currently provides service between 16 cities across 13 states, growing to 18 cities and 14 states by February 19, 2022. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, the low fare carrier offers nonstop service between secondary airports, bypassing hubs and offering lowering fares. The airline recently announced an order of 80 A220-300 aircraft, the first of which will enter service in May 2022. With Breeze, there are never any change or cancellation fees.