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2 new nonstop flights to West Coast open in November

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Breeze Airways announced two new nonstop routes coming this fall from Charleston’s CHS to Los Angeles and Phoenix.

The Lowcountry is the biggest base for Breeze Airways, which also is adding six weekly flights to Provo, Utah, every day except Tuesday. Those flights make one stop but no change of planes is necessary, according to a news release.

The flights to LAX in Los Angeles will take place Friday ad Monday while the flights to PHX in Phoenix will depart Wednesday and Saturday. All three of the new routes begin Nov. 2.

“This is a major milestone in delivering the first low cost, non-stop air service to Phoenix,” Elliott Summey, airport director and CEO of Charleston International Airport, said in the news release. “Service to both Phoenix and Los Angeles from Charleston International Airport has been a key strategic objective for Team CHS that will allow both business and leisure travelers convenient access to and from some of the most important airport gateways to the world.”

Breeze plans to more than double its fleet this year, from 13 Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft to 30 aircraft, including 14 Airbus A220s and three additional Embraer E-jets. Breeze has ordered 80 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, that will be delivered one per month over the next six years, with options for 40 more, the release said.

“These new western U.S. destinations are significant additions to our network and are examples of Breeze's continued commitment to — and investment in — the Charleston region,” Helen Hill, CEO of Explore Charleston and chair of the Aviation Authority, said in the release. “Research tells us the Lowcountry is a popular destination for West Coast travelers. Phoenix has been a focus market for inbound and outbound service for several years, and we're excited to expand access for passengers traveling to and from California.”

Reach Ross Norton at or 864-642-5229.

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