Breeze Airways continues to expand with brand new flights to Illinois, marking the low-cost carrier’s first time flying to the state.
The flights will connect Springfield, Illinois, with both Orlando and Tampa, and will operate twice weekly, the airline told Travel + Leisure. Flights between Illinois and Orlando will begin on 1 December, while flights between Illinois and Tampa will begin on 4 December.
The flights will be operated by the airline’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will include the airline’s “Nicest” fare option and its newest product, Breeze Ascent. (The latter comes with checked baggage, complimentary snacks and beverages, in-seat AC power and USB and USB-C charging ports).
“Springfield will be our first airport in Illinois, and it’s joining the network with two great nonstop routes right out of the gate,” said Tom Doxey, president of Breeze Airways, in a statement provided to T+L. “Breeze is all about adding service to underserved markets and city pairs, and we can’t wait to offer the Springfield community some new destinations with Breeze’s added convenience, affordability and flexibility.”
To celebrate the new routes, Breeze is offering $49 one-way fares for travellers who book their tickets by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 25 and fly by April 30, 2024.
With the addition of the new routes, Breeze will now offer 21 different routes to Florida from September through December. The airline, which was launched in 2021 by former JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has been expanding rapidly since then, recently announcing new flights to Florida from both Portland, Maine, and Plattsburgh, New York.
Neeleman has said the airline’s goal is to fly to places other airlines don’t, choosing smaller airports and cities over major hubs. Currently, Breeze flies to 37 different cities across the country from coast to coast, according to the airline.