By Danielle Seat and Patrick Phillips | May 27, 2021 at 4:59 a.m. EDT | Updated May 27, 5:14 p.m. EDT
NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCSC) – Breeze Airlines’ first flight from Tampa to Charleston International Airport arrived minutes ahead of time, kicking off the new airline’s service.
After the flight landed at the airport, Breeze Airways Founder and CEO Dave Neeleman remarked, “There’s a heck of a lot of people who have never been to Charleston, South Carolina, that will visit here this summer and bring their money here and spend it in Charleston.” “We will always treasure the fact that you were our first arrival city in the history of this company.”
At 1:25 p.m., the plane will depart for Hartford, Connecticut.
Last week, the new airline revealed Charleston would be a part of its inaugural service, and Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO Elliott Summey says the Lowcountry is looking forward to it.
“It’s a massive thing. For us, that’s a significant increase,” Summey says.
Breeze Airways will launch service from Charleston to 11 cities, seven of which are new to Charleston International Airport.
Service to Louisville, Kentucky, will begin on Friday, in addition to Tampa and Hartford.
“The more direct flights we have to other destinations, the more opportunity we have for our business people to exhibit Charleston,” Summey said. “As well as being able to connect Charleston with our industry’s top executives.”
Offering affordable nonstop service to smaller locations like Charleston, according to Neeleman, will expand tourism alternatives for visitors, particularly as people feel more prepared to travel after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the vaccine coming in, people feeling more at ease, and the drop in COVID cases, there is no doubt that there is a lot of pent-up demand,” he said. “People simply want to get out and continue their normal lives, and we’re here to assist them in doing so so they may visit wonderful destinations like Charleston.”
The following are the remaining eight locations and their start dates:
The 10th of June in Norfolk, Virginia
July 8th, Akron/Canton, Ohio
The 8th of July in New Orleans
8th of July, Pittsburgh
8th of July, Columbus, Ohio
The 8th of July in Richmond, Virginia
15 July, Huntsville, Alabama
RIVER ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND
The airline’s first flight from Tampa to Charleston, according to Neeleman, sold out in less than 30 minutes.
Charleston International Airport CEO Elliott Summey stated of the airline, “They believe in Charleston, and we believe in them.” “This implies more direct connections to fantastic destinations at great prices for leisure travellers. It also opens up new markets for business travellers.”
This summer, Breeze will fly 13 single-class Embraer aircraft on itineraries with an average flight time of under two hours. The ten E190 jets will seat 108 passengers, while the three E195 aeroplanes will seat 118 passengers. Breeze has also placed an order for 60 brand new Airbus A220 planes, which will be delivered one every month for the next five years, beginning in October.