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Breeze Airways

Southwest Florida International Airport is adding nonstop service to two highly sought destinations. New low-fare airline Breeze Airways will debut service on June 11 to Las Vegas and Charleston, South Carolina.

RSW now has routes to 60 destinations through 14 carriers with the addition of Salt Lake City-based Breeze Airways, which was started by JetBlue founder David Neeleman in 2021. Breeze already has served more than 500,000 travelers from 18 cities across 14 states, never charging change or cancellation fees.

The routes to Vegas ($99 one way) and Charleston ($39 one way) will be operated with Breeze’s fleet of Airbus A220s.

“The A220-300 is a game-changer for us as we now add long-haul flights and transcontinental service,” Neeleman said. “ … With the A220, Breeze is giving our guests the widest cabin, highest ceiling, largest windows and biggest overhead stowage in this class, while still managing to burn 25% less fuel, with half the noise footprint of past generations.”

Travelers can choose from three price bundles that are offered as Nice, Nicer and Nicest service. Guests may choose a Nice ($20 per carry-on bag, $20 per checked bag) or Nicer (includes a carry-on and checked bag) bundle and buy an upgrade to a first-class seat.

A standard economy seat on the A220s is 30 inches, 29 inches on the E-190 aircraft and 31 inches on the E-195s while seat pitch for extra legroom is 32 inches on the A220s, between 33 and 39 inches on the E-190s, depending on the row selected, and between 34 and 39 inches on the E-195s. First-class seats feature 39-inches of seat pitch, 20.5-inches of seat width and special features, such as a footrest for added comfort.

In addition to travelers being able to book through Breeze’s mobile app and flybreeze.com, the airline does not have a traditional call center. Instead, it handles traveler requests through text message, Facebook Messenger and email.

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