New Airline, Breeze Airways, lands at Charleston International Airport with 11 new destinations

May 21, 2021

New Airline, Breeze Airways, lands at Charleston International Airport with 11 new destinations

CHARLESTON, S.C. – America’s newest airline, Breeze Airways, today unveiled its debut network, comprising 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Eastern U.S. Charleston is among the airline’s first destinations and Charleston International Airport will receive Breeze’s inaugural flight on May 27.

The first flights will operate between Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL and Hartford, CT, with remaining destinations to be added each week through July 2021.

From Charleston, Breeze will offer service to 11 markets, seven of which are new for Charleston International:

  • Tampa, FL (starting May 27)
  • Hartford, CT (May 27)
  • Louisville, KY (May 28)
  • Norfolk, VA (June 10)
  • Akron/Canton, OH (July 8)
  • New Orleans, LA (July 8)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (July 8)
  • Columbus, OH (July 8)
  • Richmond, VA (July 8)
  • Huntsville, AL (July 15)
  • Providence, RI (July 22)

Flights are now on sale at and the Breeze app, starting at just $39* one way.

“We are honored that Breeze Airways has selected the Charleston region to be an integral part of the exciting launch of their vision to connect communities across the country in a new way,” said J. Elliott Summey, CEO of Charleston International Airport.  “The Breeze Airways value proposition of low-cost, nonstop service connecting underserved mid-sized cities will be quickly embraced by those traveling to and from the Charleston, South Carolina area.   We are confident that Breeze Airways will see other sustainable opportunities for success in the coming years.”

“Together, we created Breeze as a new airline merging technology with kindness,” said David Neeleman, CEO of Breeze Airways.  “Breeze provides nonstop service between underserved routes across the U.S. at affordable fares.  A staggering 90 percent of Breeze routes currently have no airline serving them nonstop.  With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.”


“It’s a privilege to welcome Breeze Airways to the Lowcountry and to celebrate this endorsement of the greater Charleston area.  We are honored that a company that wants to be known as the world’s nicest airline would choose Charleston – an iconic destination acclaimed for its impressive hospitality and friendliness – to receive its inaugural flight on May 27,” said Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston and Chair of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.  “Breeze introduces itself to the region with impeccable timing as people are eager to rediscover travel, especially when made easier by nonstop flights.  To be a part of the Breeze network from its inception further validates the Charleston area’s influence and relevance.  We are excited to see Breeze’s long-term plan unfold for the region and are committed to ensuring this new partnership is an unparalleled success.”

“We celebrate Breeze Airway’s announcement, as we welcome greater connectivity via air service,” said Teddie Pryor, Chair of Charleston County Council.  “More access strengthens our marketability making us more competitive on a national stage.  The addition of 174 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment will truly make an impact.”

Breeze will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, flying routes with an average flight length under two hours.  The ten E190 jets will be configured to seat 108 Guests while the three E195 aircraft will have 118 seats.  Breeze also has ordered 60 brand new Airbus A220 aircraft that will be delivered one per month for five years, starting in October this year.


About Breeze Airways

Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze Airways is a new low cost airline offering point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times.  Breeze’s team is a group of aviation experts and fanatics, working day and night to build a ‘Seriously Nice’ airline. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to improve the travel experience.

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About Charleston International Airport

Charleston International Airport (CHS) provides first-class facilities and amenities that embrace the history, culture and beauty of Charleston and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The airport is centrally located in the Charleston, S.C., metropolitan area and provides an exceptional first impression of the Lowcountry for more than 4 million passengers traveling to and from here annually for business and leisure activities.

Chartered in 1970 by the State of South Carolina as a special purpose district, the governing body, the Charleston County Aviation Authority, is responsible for managing, operating and developing all public airports in the Charleston County Airport District. That includes CHS as well as general aviation facilities the Charleston Executive Airport (JZI) on Johns Island and the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO). The runways at CHS are owned by the U.S. Air Force and Joint Base Charleston and are shared by CHS through what is the longest running civilian/military joint-use agreement of its kind with the Department of Defense. Boeing South Carolina, the final assembly for the 787 Dreamliner, sits on approximately 730 acres of land adjacent to CHS.

About Charleston County

Created in 1993, Charleston County Economic Development (CCED) is dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry, and improving the Charleston business climate. Leveraging more than $6.3 billion in capital investment and the creation of more than 32,000 jobs, Charleston County is often ranked in the Top Ten among the state’s 46 counties for capital investment and new job creation, placing #1 in both categories in 2004 and 2009. This includes the recruitment and expansion of numerous blue-chip companies such as The Boeing Company, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Cummins, and Ingevity, among others. In 2018, CCED won a gold award from the International Economic Development Council for its business retention and expansion efforts. For more information visit

About Explore Charleston

The mission of Explore Charleston is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. Visit