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Breeze Airways to launch nonstop flights from Rhode Island to S.C., Va., and Penn.

The new budget airline from the founder of JetBlue will offer fares starting at $39, and will take off from T.F. Green Airport in July

A Breeze Airways plane at the MacArthur Airport (formerly Islip Airport) in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
A Breeze Airways plane at the MacArthur Airport (formerly Islip Airport) in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.ADAM MACCHIA

WARWICK, R.I. — The first flights from Breeze Airways, a new budget airline by the founder of JetBlue, will take off from T. F. Green Airport this summer.

On Friday morning, Iftikhar Ahmad, chief executive of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, which oversees the Warwick-based airport, announced that Breeze Airways will begin nonstop flights on July 22 from T. F. Green to Charleston, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Breeze will service 16 airports in parts of the South, Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast.

Governor Dan McKee said that the announcement is a reminder that “Rhode Island is open for business.”

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The airline, which was supposed to launch last year but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, will launch this month with flights between Tampa and Charleston; Charleston and Hartford, Connecticut; Tampa and Louisville, Kentucky; Charleston and Tampa; and Charleston and Louisville.

The airline will operate 13 single-class Embraer aircraft this summer, which will fly routes with an average flight length of less than two hours.

Tickets start at $39 per seat on all routes. The airline will have a limited flight schedule, with no daily service on any routes; instead, flights are available about four times a week or less.

The 10 E-190 jets will seat 108 passengers and the airline’s three E195 aircrafts will have 118 seats in a two-by-two configuration with no middle seats.



Alexa Gagosz can be reached at alexa.gagosz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz.