Jet Blue founder's Breeze Airways cleared for takeoff by DOT
Private planes take flight amid travel slump
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Breeze Airways, a new airline start-up created by Jet Blue founder David Neelemen, was cleared for takeoff by the Department of Transportation on Wednesday.
The agency granted Breeze a "certificate of public convenience and necessity,” which will allow the airline to carry passengers, freight and mail for interstate travel on up to 22 aircraft for up to one year.
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According to an application submitted last year, the airline plans to fly to “neglected, forgotten markets” in 2021 using smaller planes to reduce costs. Breeze's initial markets will be underserved cities that are currently without nonstop service, including destinations east of the Mississippi River, the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
"Many of these destinations are secondary leisure markets that have favorable costs for value conscious travelers or second homeowners," the company wrote in its application. "These markets in many cases support once a day service or service a select few days of the week. Over time the routes will cover the entire country."