Airline founder David Neeleman poses in front of a Breeze Airways jet. (Photo courtesy of Breeze Airways)

Pittsburghers who have a pent-up desire to travel this summer just got some new, affordable options.

Breeze Airways, which launched today, is bringing nonstop flights to Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, two cities not currently served out of Pittsburgh International Airport.

The airline also will offer nonstop service to Charleston, South Carolina (also served by Allegiant and United) and Norfolk, Virginia (also served by Allegiant).

“The fact that Breeze selected Pittsburgh as one of its initial markets to launch flights is a testament to our strong regional economy and demand for air service as we rebound from the pandemic,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Salt Lake City-based Breeze is kicking off with 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities with fares starting at $39, with no change or cancellation fees. Seat assignment and baggage fees vary depending on the level of fare chosen.

Breeze flights from Pittsburgh begin on July 8, according to the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which announced the start of the service on its Blue Sky website.

The airline was founded by industry veteran David Neeleman.

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