NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Breeze Airways is expanding its flight offerings from Norfolk International Airport to new locations in Florida, California, Georgia and Nevada.
City and airline officials made the announcement during a Tuesday morning news conference.
Breeze, a low-fare airline, is adding four new coast-to-coast destinations from Norfolk this summer.
- Jacksonville, Florida (Friday and Monday, starting May 27, 2022)
- Los Angeles, Calif. (Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday, starting June 30, 2022)
- Savannah, Georgia (Friday and Monday, starting July 1, 2022, summer seasonal route)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (Thursday and Sunday, starting August 4, 2022)
The new flights will range in price from $49 to $99 one-way, going up from there depending on the comfort level chosen by the customer.
The airline currently serves nine nonstop destinations from ORF.
Executive Director for the Norfolk Airport Authority Robert Bowen said this expansion highlights the rebound airlines are starting to make since the pandemic.
“They’re generating more cash now because the demand is so strong for travel. People are saying ‘I’m going to fly. I’ve been sitting in my home for two years; I want to get out’… I believe the airlines are getting a benefit from that. They’re still losing money but they’re not losing money like they were,” said Bowen.
CEO of Breeze Airways David Neeleman said his company has five bases, one of which is Norfolk. He says this expansion will also lead to more jobs.
“We’ve got a group of pilots there; we’re going to increase that. If anyone in Norfolk wants to be a flight attendant, we’re hiring. For people based in Norfolk, you can go out and back in the same day,” said Neeleman.
They’re adding to their team, but you may also notice they’re adding to their prices along with other airlines, because of the current spike in fuel costs.
“If the fuel goes up $55 a barrel, which it is today, so if it’s a two-hour flight it’ll be 10 bucks more. If it’s a four-hour flight, it’ll be 20 bucks more, which won’t stop people from traveling of course… But obviously, our hearts are more with the people of Ukraine. It’s an inconvenience [for] fuel prices, but those people are really suffering,” explained Neeleman.
Breeze is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It began flying from Norfolk last May.