Breeze Airways, which provides nonstop flights to 10 destinations, will locate a southeastern hub and operations base in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company will invest $6.6 million at MSY and is expected to create 261 new direct jobs.
The 10 cities Breeze will launch service to include: Charleston, SC (starting July 8); Akron/Canton, OH (July 15); Bentonville/Fayetteville, AR (July 15); Huntsville, AL (July 15); Louisville, KY (July 15); Norfolk, VA (July 15); Oklahoma, OK (July 15); Richmond, VA (July 15); Tulsa, OK (July 15); and Columbus, OH (July 16). All cities are new destinations for MSY, with the exception of Louisville and Columbus, which are currently underserved destinations.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we understand full well the amount of pent-up excitement to travel once more, both for excited tourists to experience our unique and welcoming culture, as well as for Louisiana residents to explore new destinations,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “Today, I am proud to announce new destination offerings, courtesy of our latest airline partner, Breeze Airways. In addition to these exciting routes, Breeze Airways is also creating great new opportunities for our people as they establish their maintenance base at MSY. We welcome Breeze Airways and wish them success here in New Orleans and beyond.”
Louisiana Economic Development (LED) estimates the project will result in 877 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 1,138 new jobs in the New Orleans area.
"Breeze Airways is launching a significant amount of new service at MSY because they recognize the strength and vitality of the market in the Greater New Orleans Region,” said Kevin Dolliole, Director of Aviation for MSY. “I'm so grateful to Greater New Orleans, Inc. and our economic development and tourism industry partners who played key roles in positioning New Orleans as an attractive option for this new airline to do business. These cooperative efforts were very helpful as the Airport team worked with Breeze to finalize plans to launch an operations base in New Orleans.”
In Spring 2019, Greater New Orleans, Inc. said it began to work with airport leadership to present New Orleans as an ideal location for David Neeleman’s new airline.
“Louis Armstrong International Airport is one of our most important economic development assets, said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “MSY is the #3 fastest growing airport in America, and Breeze will accelerate this growth. Moreover, Breeze will create hundreds of high-quality service and mechanical jobs for Greater New Orleans. We are proud to be part of this win for the airport and region, and look forward to supporting Breeze via connections to the business community, and support for their workforce training need via our award-winning GNOu program.”
Breeze Aviation Group, Inc. is an American airline headquartered in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. The airline was founded by David Neeleman, who previously co-founded Morris Air, WestJet, JetBlue, and Azul Linhas Aereas. The company provides nonstop service between underserved routes across the U.S.