Breeze Aviation Locates Headquarters in Salt Lake, Utah
Breeze Aviation plans to unveil an as-yet-unnamed low-cost carrier in the new year which will provide flyers with convenient non-stop service from secondary airports.
The company was founded by David Neeleman, who previously co-founded Morris Air (later sold to Southwest), WestJet, JetBlue, and Azul Brazilian Airlines.
“We’re excited to announce our investment to make Utah our headquarters,” said David Neeleman, CEO of Breeze Aviation. “Utah’s exceptional workforce and business environment will ensure that we have all the support needed to provide exceptional customer service for our new startup.”
Breeze Aviation may earn up to 20% of the new state taxes it will pay over the five-year life of the agreement in the form of a Utah Legislature-authorized Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax rebate. The GOED Board has approved a post-performance tax rebate not to exceed $1,082,000. Each year the company meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax rebate.
“We have long recognized the potential our regional airports hold for economic growth,” said Theresa A. Foxley, president & CEO of EDCUtah. “We welcome Breeze Aviation to consider service to any of the many great airports that the state of Utah offers.”
“Breeze Aviation’s headquarters operation will be a welcome addition to Utah’s growing aerospace industry,” said Val Hale, GOED executive director. “We’re excited to partner with an experienced team with such an outstanding track record.”
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