New airline wants to make it a ‘Breeze’ to fly from Westchester County Airport

Breeze Airways is coming to Westchester County Airport, launching eight routes, including the airport’s first transcontinental service.
This summer and fall, the low-cost startup will start flying to Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Jacksonville, Florida, Norfolk, Virginia and New Orleans. Breeze will also head west to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas—a first for the airport.

“Those are markets that have never been served out of Westchester before, and we have the perfect airplane for it,” Breeze Airways CEO David Neeleman told News 12. “It's an Airbus A220. It's a smaller airplane, but we have 36 first-class seats on board. For $249 you can go first class to LAX out of here, which is a screaming deal.”

Breeze will join seven other passenger airlines out of Westchester, but current commercial service only goes as far west as Chicago.

“It's the largest startup we've ever had from any of our markets,” Neeleman said. Breeze is headquartered in Salt Lake City, and launched service a year ago at Bradley International Airport. It has since quickly grown. It currently has 11 nonstop destinations out of Bradley.
Neeleman, an aviation entrepreneur, knows personally how convenient the airport in White Plains is rather than flying out of the city. He launched JetBlue at JFK Airport.

“I raised all my kids in New Canaan, so I am well aware. We would drive to JFK, and then we finally got service into Westchester. It was a real luxury,” Neeleman said. He listed the pros Breeze passengers can expect when service begins there. “You won't have 30 planes in line to take off before you. You're not subject to the same delays. And then there's the Van Wyck and the Whitestone Bridge -- who knows how long that would take you.”

Travelers at the airport Thursday were excited about the news.

“I think it’s great. I prefer to fly out of this airport versus going all the way into New York City. More options is just better for me and my family,” said Peter McSherry, of Fairfield.
“I mean who wants to go into the city and deal with all that traffic? Who wants to go to Newark? Nobody wants to go to Newark,” agreed Ted Gottsegen of Rowayton. “Forget it. Who needs it? You come right here, it has everything.”
“Bookings were tremendous yesterday. People are really excited,” Neeleman told News 12. Click here for more information. 
Breeze has three fare options: Nice, Nicer and Nicest with Nicest being the airline’s first class seats.   
The start dates and price ranges for the new flights from Westchester are below:
  • Charleston (Daily, starting June 28, Nice from $79*, Nicer from $129, and Nicest from $149)
  • Norfolk, Virginia (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, starting June 30, Nice from $49* and Nicer from $99)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, starting June 30, Nice from $79* and Nicer from $129)
  • Los Angeles (Daily, starting Sept. 7, Nice from $149*, Nicer from $239, and Nicest from $249)
  • Las Vegas (Daily, starting Sept. 8, Nice from $149*, Nicer from $239, and Nicest from $249)
  • New Orleans (one-stop service, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting June 30; Fri and Mon starting September 9)
  • Savannah (Friday and Monday, starting Sept. 9, Nice from $79* and Nicer from $129); and
  • San Francisco (Daily, starting Nov. 2, Nice from $149*, Nicer from $239, and Nicest from $249)