Breeze Airways Establishes Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Operations Hub
The location will permanently house aircraft at the airport; hire local pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics; and fly new routes. In addition, the company plans to add 8 new nonstop destinations at Bradley, bringing the total number of destinations the airline serves from the airport to 12. Nationally, by the end of February, the airline will provide service between 18 cities and 14 states.
“As a long-time Connecticut resident, it’s personally really exciting for me to announce today with Governor Lamont that Hartford’s Bradley International Airport is becoming Breeze’s fifth base of operations,” Breeze Airways founder and CEO David Neeleman said. “We also can’t wait to share the news of all the eight new destinations coming from BDL in just a matter of weeks.”
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is supporting the project by providing a grant in arrears up to $1,262,000 contingent on the job creation targets.
“Breeze’s decision to establish this new base and create hundreds of jobs is great news for the state and region and underscores Bradley’s broader importance as an economic driver,” DECD Commissioner David Lehman and Peter Denious, president and CEO of the nonprofit organization AdvanceCT, said in a joint statement. “Breeze is the latest in a long line of companies investing and putting down roots in Connecticut. The fact that the company is also adding flights is good news for business and leisure travelers alike.”
The first of Breeze’s 80 brand-new Airbus A220s will operate on all four routes starting in June. Each of the four existing routes will have more weekly frequencies added, most notably the Hartford-Charleston route, which will operate daily this summer.
“Our vision to transform Bradley International Airport and drive continued growth has reached a significant milestone today,” Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon said. “We thank Breeze Airways for recognizing Bradley International Airport’s high standing in the industry and for partnering with us to bring more jobs and exciting nonstop destinations to the region. We are honored to serve as Breeze’s fifth base and look forward to our expanded partnership.”
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