With a certificate of public convenience and necessity to engage in interstate scheduled air transportation of persons, property, and mail freshly issued to to Breeze Airways, the carrier inches ever closer to launching operations. And it now seems like we might know which east coast airport will be the first operating base.
Reports out of Utah suggest that Charleston, South Carolina is the likely home base from which the airline will launch its operations in the next few months. Other potential locations tipped include Panama City and Tampa, Florida.
A public affairs representative for Charleston International Airport was not aware of any imminent launch of service when queried. A spokesperson suggests that they might be “placeholders” to talk about likely areas or regions.
In prior analysis of theoretical schedules published by the airline PaxEx.Aero suggested that Myrtle Beach, Mobile, and Melbourne could fit the company’s plans. Charleston, Panama City, and Tampa are sufficiently close to those three, respectively, that most of the route timings from the initial filing still work. Regarding the Melbourne/Tampa swap, crossing to the west coast of Florida opens up significantly more potential from Midwest markets while keeping options to Disney and the Northeast open.
Most significantly, however, they represent strong leisure markets that could support an increase in traffic, particularly flights that skip hub airports with non-stop service at lower prices.
Not quite yet…
Whether these are the hub airports or not, we’re still several weeks out from Breeze even talking about its services according to a company spokesperson. The carrier must still complete its test flights and other FAA requirements before it can sell and operate flights.
The carrier is approved by the Department of Transportation to operate up to 22 aircraft as it launches operations. It took delivery of its first E195 in December and its first E190 in early February. Additional Embraer E-Jets are expected to join the operations early this year, followed by the company’s A220 fleet introduction towards the end of 2021.
News of the potential initial bases also comes as Breeze expands the pool of eligible candidates for its college-based flight attendant corps. When the program launched in December 2020 it included a 20 year age minimum for all potential new hires. That threshold now stands at 18 years old, including many more Utah Valley University students. The rules about full time enrollment, minimum GPA and other factors still apply.
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