Breeze Airways, a regional airline that started flying from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in July, is making another major changes to its schedule, including shortening three routes from New Orleans.
Founded last spring by JetBlue founder David Neeleman to meet demand from smaller towns seeking direct routes to cities with strong tourist appeal, the airline has undergone several changes in the months since launch. included in the timetables. and cutting routes.
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The latest changes for New Orleans will mean direct flights to two Ohio airports, Akron-Canton and Columbus, will move from year-round to seasonal. Breeze spokesman Gareth Edmonson-Jones said those flights will now operate between February and April, and October through New Years.
In addition, flights from New Orleans to Louisville (Kentucky) Muhammad Ali International Airport will be reduced from four times a week to twice a week. Those flights will now fly on Sundays and Thursdays during the summer through Labor Day weekend, after which a new fall/winter schedule will be established, Edmonson-Jones said.
When it launched, Breeze said it expected to create more than 260 direct jobs in New Orleans. It received a state stimulus package that includes a performance-related grant of $2.3 million over a 10-year period, as well as tax breaks for its jobs and training programs.
There were originally 10 Breeze flights from New Orleans: to Akron-Canton, Columbus, Charleston, South Carolina; Bentonville-Fayetteville, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama; Norfolk and Richmond in Virginia; and Oklahoma City and Tulsa, in Oklahoma.
Flights to Huntsville and the two Oklahoma flights were discontinued in November and a weekly flight to West Palm Beach, Florida was added in December.
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Breeze now flies from 18 cities, two more than the original number. The other hub cities are Tampa, Charleston and Norfolk. As part of the latest upheaval, the Tampa-Columbus route was canceled as of late April, while the frequency of five routes was cut and seven were increased.
According to the latest airport data, Breeze carried just over 6,300 passengers at the New Orleans airport in November. That was the airline’s strongest month since it launched, bringing the total to just over 22,600 since it launched in July.
In the same month, Southwest Airlines, the largest airline operating from the airport, carried more than 165,000 passengers, accounting for 34% of the total number of passengers. That was more than 140% more than in the same month last year.