Breeze Airways announced Tuesday that it will begin flying between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Northeast Ohio this winter.
The flights between RDU and Akron-Canton Airport will begin Feb. 2.
Breeze, a 2-year-old startup airline that made its debut at RDU last winter, has built its business on flying routes other carriers don’t. This will be the first time an airline has flown nonstop between the Triangle and Akron-Canton in at least 20 years, which is as far back as RDU’s records go.
Breeze Airways will operate the flight just two days a week, Mondays and Fridays. For those looking for more options, American Airlines offers daily nonstops between its hub in Charlotte and Akron-Canton, which goes by the acronym CAK.
Frontier flies between RDU and Cleveland, making it the only other airline with nonstop service from the Triangle to Northeast Ohio.
Breeze began at RDU last February with year-round nonstops to three cities — Hartford, New Orleans and Providence. It has since added year-round flights to Tampa and seasonal flights to Columbus, Ohio, Fort Myers, Islip on New York’s Long Island, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
Breeze is one of 16 airlines doing business at RDU and one of several low-cost carriers that have started doing business in the Triangle in recent years. With discount fares and nonstop flights to smaller cities, these carriers have helped attract new customers to the airport.
July was the busiest month in the airport’s history, with nearly 1.4 million passengers, and the Friday before Labor Day set a new single-day record. RDU is on track to exceed its previous annual record of about 14 million passengers set in 2019.