Breeze Airways, the new low-cost airline led by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, will serve Westchester County Airport, the company announced on Facebook.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer told a recent news conference he was “pleased to have a new airline coming in to provide service”.
Latimer said there will be eight routes from the county to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Charleston, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Savannah and New Orleans.
Breeze, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, bills itself as an equity-focused airline designed to serve “neglected and forgotten markets” such as small towns that have seen their service reduced by major carriers. .
The company said “bringing and increasing service to underserved communities is an important part of Breeze’s business plan in its first year and beyond.”
This is notable for an airline that will serve Westchester County, which is more widely known as a hub for private jet service less accessible to the general public.
“Flying a smaller aircraft with a lower travel cost, Breeze believes there are hundreds and hundreds of city pairs clamoring for nonstop flights,” the company said in a regulatory filing. “Every market served by Breeze will realize significant public benefit from the introduction of its low-cost, high-quality service.”
Breeze previously announced plans to acquire 60 Airbus A220s to meet its nonstop service plans.
The county airport is served by seven other airlines, including popular carriers like American Airlines, Delta, and JetBlue.
Latimer clarified that Breeze’s entry is “not an expansion” of the airport’s existing capacity.
“This airline will use existing available slots that are currently unused,” he explained. “So it doesn’t add anything to the total extent of the airport.”