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Breeze Airways to open base in Hartford, setting up Connecticut as low-cost battlegroundBreeze Airways to open base in Hartford, setting up Connecticut as low-cost battleground

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 Breeze Airways on Thursday announced it would open a new base at Hartford’s Bradley Airport (BDL), which will include eight yet-to-be-announced destinations on top of the four Breeze already flies from there. Breeze’s move comes a day after Avelo Airlines announced it was launching service to four new destinations from its base at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), where it’s now selling tickets on 10 nonstop routes.

 

We actually think this will help potentially attract Breeze to Worcester..

All recent developments are good for Worcester:

 

  1. Breeze starting a base in Harford
  2. Avelo doing well in New Haven
  3. Frontier/Spirit merger

 


 

 

 

 

Comments

Anonymous said…
Avelo probably won’t be in Worcester anytime soon. New Haven is one of two main hubs and they want to keep it that way. The only thing they would consider would be a new haven to worcester flight which would most likely not happen. It will be a very long time until there would be consideration from Worcester and other points with them. They want to be safe for now because costly mistakes will make the airline lose money quick.
For Breeze, I still think they’ll wait. Breeze and avelo are waiting to expand to other airports and see how their flights at the main hubs will be before expanding. Although a Worcester to Florida flight would be a no brainer, it’s different when a well known airline would offer the flight versus a startup airline not many people know about. I think that’s why Massport has been targeting spirit/frontier instead of one of them. Since spirit and frontier are known airlines, people would fly them to popular destinations whereas not many people would want to chance a new airline not knowing enough about it. I’m not saying it would fail if they did, a route like Worcester to West Palm Beach for example would be more likely to have success from the start if spirit or JetBlue did it versus breeze or avelo since almost everyone knows about spirit and JetBlue.
I feel like what massport should do is target spirit/frontier to Myrtle Beach since that was averaging 80%+ before it was suspended back in 2012, delta flight to Atlanta using delta connection or their regular delta aircraft. There’s so much that delta can do with this and if you look up connecting airports for Delta’s flights when traveling South or to the southwest, the three are JFK, LGA, and Atlanta. With Atlanta being delta’s main hub this would be a no brainer for a early morning flight. Target a flight to Orlando as well as another Florida destination that isn’t Orlando. West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa, Miami. Any of those destinations would work and be successful especially if JetBlue Delta or Spirit offered it (American doesn’t offer a lot of direct flights to leisure destinations and require a connection typically)
Anonymous said…
I agree with the above comment 100% except only for JetBlue to Miami. The flight to Ft Lauderdale is good enough to make it redundant. I took a 35 minute Lyft ride from FLL to my hotel in Miami last week and one back. Fast and inexpensive. And better than commuting to Logan for an early morning flight direct to Miami. Less cot and travel time overall.

ORH to MIA would compete with ORH to FLL and split the passenger load. I could be completely work t but as a frequent flier I see it as redundant. Airline execs will know the general population better.