CATCH A BREEZE: New Bern airport getting second airline

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – Prospective passengers are set to have a new option when flying out of one Eastern Carolina airport.

Breeze Airways announced this morning that it will begin serving Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN) in New Bern on May 24th. The new routes will fly on Friday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, then on Thursdays and Sundays, with fares starting from $49 one-way.

“Breeze Airways opens exciting new opportunities for the region by offering direct and easy access to some of our top markets,” said Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Director Andrew Shorter. “We’re proud to partner with a growing airline and we would like to thank all of our community partners who helped make this happen.”

Officials with the airline say that New Bern will be the low-cost carrier’s 50th city that it services and that it will offer routes to Orlando, Florida, and Hartford, Connecticut from EWN.

The airline bills itself as a service between underserved routes around the U.S. with no change or cancellation fees.

“Breeze is not yet three years old but already announcing our 50th city to our national route map,” said Breeze Airways’ President Tom Doxey. “Breeze seeks to connect underserved markets and city pairs without existing nonstops. Now, Guests from New Bern, our fifth destination in the Carolinas will be able to enjoy affordable and convenient new service to Connecticut and Florida.

American Eagle, which is owned by American, is the main airline out of EWN. Delta Connection, which is owned by Delta, suspended service at EWN in 2020 as the COVID pandemic was ramping up.