COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UTAH — American start-up airline Breeze Airways has submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation to commence international flights, outlining plans for a new route between Los Angeles and the popular Mexican vacation destination, San Jose del Cabo. 

The filing, dated 1 May, seeks regulatory approval for scheduled passenger service between Los Angeles International Airport and San Jose del Cabo International Airport, with the intention of launching a once-weekly service in November 2023.

Breeze Airways was founded in 2021 by David Neeleman, the entrepreneur behind WestJet, JetBlue Airways, and Brazil's Azul, and it has secured $200 million in private funding. The airline competes in the highly competitive North American discount market, operating a fleet of Airbus A220s and Embraer E-jets. In its application, Breeze highlights that customers have responded positively to the airline's services, with the company now operating across 35 cities on more than 140 routes.

Initially focusing on expanding its network in the Southeast USA, Breeze later extended its services westward, encompassing Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Alongside fellow start-up discounter Avelo Airlines, Breeze has stepped in to address gaps in air service to mid-sized cities that emerged following contractions in the US regional airline industry due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a more recent pilot shortage. The carrier states that local governments and airport authorities have been receptive to Breeze's services, and they continue to approach the airline about entering new markets or expanding existing services to meet transportation requirements.

Breeze Airways currently has 12 A220-300s in its fleet, with an additional 68 on order, as well as 17 E-Jets.