Phoenix is the latest airport to join the Breeze Airways route map. The carrier will launch twice weekly service from Charleston to Provo via Phoenix on its A220 fleet beginning in November. The new flights are part of a half dozen new routes announced this week, along with another crew base being established.
Charleston, our largest base, is one of the largest routes from Phoenix without existing nonstop service today, so we’re excited to announce the first nonstop to connect these two fantastic destinations– along with our other new routes announced today.– Breeze’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Wuerger
With the existing service via Las Vegas, as well as new service via Los Angeles also announced today, Charleston and Provo will be connected six days a week, though all six involved a one-stop BreezeThrough routing.
With the new routes Breeze also adjusted the way it is scheduling its A220 services. When the A220 initially joined the fleet it was booked to fly a short east-coast route in the morning, followed by a long flight west. It would turn around and operate back to the east coast, either that same afternoon or as a redeye flight.
While great for aircraft utilization, that level of operations also proved incredibly challenging for Breeze in its first month of A220 service.
The new schedule sees the A220 fly from Charleston to Provo via one of the three intermediate points. Rather than returning to the east coast that same night, however, the planes will overnight in Provo and return as a daytime flight.
Some of the other transcon routes will still operate with the more aggressive same-day round trip timing, though several of those were removed from the schedule with the initial operational struggles. Still, seeing the company even slightly draw back the aircraft utilization is a nod towards stability that is much needed, both for the company and its customers.
Breeze is also dropping several other longer routes, including Westchester to Las Vegas and San Francisco, as well as Providence to Los Angeles. At least for now. Those routes could return as the company continues to take on a new A220 each month for the next several years.
The other new routes announced include:
- 2x weekly Charleston-Los Angeles, with continuing service to Provo (A220)
- 3x weekly Westchester-Nashville (E90)
- 2x weekly Westchester-Sarasota (E90)
- 1x weekly Tampa-Syracuse (E90)
Along with the new routes Breeze also confirmed that T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI will be its next aircraft and crew base. The company plans for 20 nonstop routes and 44 weekly departures from the airport within five years. By the end of 2023 it will grow to 20 weekly departures.
Up to eight aircraft will be based in PVD, with most expected to be A220s. That also means strong potential for longer routes, as the A220s are well suited to those trips.
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