A Utah-based airline unveiled new plans Friday to start serving its home state.
Breeze Airways, a low-cost air carrier that launched last year, will begin service from Provo to five U.S. cities in coming months. The announcement coincides with the opening of a $55 million four-gate terminal at Provo Municipal Airport.
Before year’s end, the airline will roll out daily, nonstop service to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It also will add daily, one-stop service to San Bernardino, Calif., and Westchester County, N.Y., just north of New York City.
“Those are routes that Utahns love,” CEO David Neeleman said in a phone interview.
“A lot of them are from those areas,” Neeleman said.
Neeleman said his company is focusing on flying out of Provo because Salt Lake City is already well served, and it was an opportunity to tap another market.
“There’s just a tremendous amount of growth to the south,” he said.
In February 2020, the company opened its Cottonwood Heights headquarters, where it employs about 70 people. By expanding operations to the Provo airport, it plans to hire another 200 employees.
Breeze Airways began service a year ago, flying mostly between airports in the eastern and southeastern United States. It will be the second commercial airline to fly out of Provo, after Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air.
Service to San Francisco will begin Aug. 4 with one-way fares starting at $39. One-stop trips to San Bernardino will begin the same day with fares starting at $49.
Flights to Las Vegas begin Oct. 5 with tickets starting at $29. Trips to New York will begin the same day with tickets starting at $99.
Flights to Los Angeles begin Nov. 2 with fares beginning at $39.