BURLINGTON, VT. – Two weeks after JetBlue announced it will end flights in and out of Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport early next year, airport officials said Utah-based Breeze Airlines will provide service from the Green Mountain State to Florida.

Starting in January 2024, Breeze will operate two direct flights to Tampa on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Service to Orlando will begin on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting in mid-February 2024.

Aviation Director Nic Longo says talks with Breeze Airways started about a year ago, but grew more serious over the last few weeks. 

More than 200 people already fly to Florida from BTV every week on indirect flights, Longo said. He expects that number to grow when the new airline begins its non-stop flights.

“We’re seeing that the majority of folks on JetBlue flights are not ending their flights at JFK,” Longo said. “They’re connecting, and the majority are going to Florida.” 

Passengers can prebook their flights to Florida for $79 each way if booked by November 14th. Tickets would be good until Labor Day next year, with no cancellation fees for switching flight dates.