Breeze is ready to make a run for the border. The carrier has applied to the US Department of Transportation for permission to fly to Mexico. If approved, Breeze “plans to initiate service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD) with one flight per week beginning in November 2023.”
While the carrier only specifies the one route, the application would provide it rights to serve any other markets between the two countries.
While Breeze typically looks to launch in underserved markets where service levels are limited, that will not be the case for this initial international route. Indeed, it will be the seventh airline to fly between the two airports, per schedule data from Cirium. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines all are scheduled to fly the route. All of them will operate daily, save for double daily on Alaska and 2x weekly on Spirit. Breeze’s 1x weekly service will also be on the smallest aircraft serving the market.
And while that competition, and the limited operating frequency, might prove challenging to the carrier, it is also a market with significant demand. Especially in the winter. Indeed, this is a market where the “Nicest” seats up front could sell out before the back of the cabin, depending on how Breeze manages that inventory.
While DOT approval is required, it is also mostly a formality for well established airlines such as Breeze. There is no reason to believe the DOT or other airlines will object to this request.
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