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Breeze Airways’ inaugural flight to Orange County, CA takes off from CMH

Breeze airways water cannon salute during CMH-SNA launch.

COLUMBUS, OH – On March 29, 2023, Breeze Airways’ new nonstop service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA officially launched from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH).

The inaugural flight to Orange County, which serves the greater Los Angeles area, expands west coast access for Columbus travelers as the airline continues to grow. Breeze Airways will offer service to eight destinations from CMH this spring and summer including:

  • Orange County, Providence and Charleston, SC – currently operating
  • West Palm Beach – seasonal service available through May 15
  • Raleigh – new service launching May 18
  • Hartford and Jacksonville – returning May 19
  • Norfolk – returning May 26

“Breeze Airways’ new nonstop service to Orange County represents a win for the airline, our passengers, and the Central Ohio community,” said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “We are pleased to see this new airline continue to grow and succeed while our passengers gain another connection to the Los Angeles area, one of our most
in-demand markets.”

“Breeze’s model is to connect city pairs without existing nonstop service and fill the gaps left by larger carriers in midsized markets,” said Trent Porter, Breeze Airways’ Chief Financial Officer. “We’ve seen tremendous demand from Columbus travelers and are happy to keep growing our presence at CMH, offering affordability, flexibility, and family friendly policies including free family seating, now to eight nonstop destinations.”

Breeze is also partnering with the airport authority to offer two people round-trip travel from Columbus to Orange County, including free airport valet parking and $475 in hotel vouchers. Guests can enter the sweepstakes by visiting Breeze’s social media pages.

CMH was among the first airports selected for the launch of the new airline in 2021. JobsOhio was instrumental in securing the service through its Air Service Restoration Program, which aims to connect more people to more parts of the country, attracting businesses and talent in the process.

“JobsOhio’s Air Service Restoration Program was launched to ensure Ohio secured an advantage when competing for new flight routes vital for business and consumer success,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio President and CEO. “This initiative is working and has resulted in Breeze Airways expanding service for these travelers throughout Ohio as they continue to utilize these routes to the Coasts and beyond.”

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About Breeze Airways
Breeze Airways began service in May 2021. One year later, it was ranked as the No. 2 U.S. best domestic airline of 2021 by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Breeze now offers a mix of 145 year-round and seasonal nonstop routes between 36 cities in 22 states. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze operates a fleet of Embraer 190/195 and Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with a focus on providing efficient and affordable flights between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features – including complimentary family seating – delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly. Flights are on sale at and via the Breeze app.

About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership, and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

About CRAA

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority connects Ohio with the world by managing and operating passenger-focused John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), cargo-focused Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), and general aviation airport Bolton Field (TZR). Columbus travelers have access to 53 nonstop destinations via CMH and LCK, more than ever before in airport history. Visit our destinations page to see where we’re flying and stay connected with CRAA online.

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