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Flights to San Francisco Take Off on Breeze Airways

May 27, 2022

Inaugural flight to one of the West Coast’s most sought-after destination

(Left to Right): Anthony Gilmer, LRAA Director of Marketing and Air Service Development; Mark Carter, Commissioner of KY Dept. of Aviation;
Jeff O’Brien, Chief of Louisville Forward; Austin Speaker, Manager of Passenger Service Systems & Interline Strategy for Breeze Airways;
Dan Mann, LRAA Executive Director; Sarah Davasher-Wisom, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc (GLI);
and Dale Boden, Chairman of the LRAA Board

Today Breeze Airways begins nonstop service to San Francisco (SFO) from Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), marking a new milestone for Louisville to one of the West Coast’s most sought-after destinations. This provides easy, direct access between the region and one of the world’s top tech hubs.

“Today is a great day for Louisville and Breeze Airways,” said Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “San Francisco has been a top target since I arrived in 2018 and it is great to celebrate even more air service options for our community and region. Breeze is a great partner for SDF and continues to expand with even more options for area travelers.”

San Francisco was the third largest unserved market for SDF and flights are now taking off in time for summer travel. Flights will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays on Breeze’s brand-new Airbus A220. The Airbus A220 is the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft of its size. Breeze will continue to offer their Nice, Nicer and Nicest package bundles with a variety of options to suit any traveler’s needs from economy to first class. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit

“Today is an exciting day in Louisville as we launch Breeze Airways’ first nonstop flight from the River City to the Golden City, further building upon the accelerated economic momentum that our city and the airport have been experiencing. Already this year, companies have committed to adding nearly 1,510 new jobs and investing over $401 million in our city. And these efforts will only be boosted by today’s launch and the business and leisure travelers who now have a direct route to Louisville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thank you to Breeze Airways, our Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Louisville Tourism, and the many community partners who made this new West Coast connection a reality.”

Nonstop service to San Francisco coincides with Breeze Airways first anniversary of taking to the skies. Louisville was one of 16 launch cities across the country for the new airline in May 2021, founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman. Breeze has expanded their reach in recent months, now offering nonstop service on 90 routes in 31 cities in 18 states.

“The A220-300 is a game-changer for us as we can now serve Louisville Guests coast-to-coast!,” said Breeze’s Founder and CEO David Neeleman.  “The A220 offers travelers the widest cabin, highest ceiling, largest windows and biggest overhead stowage in this class, while still managing to burn 25% less fuel, with half the noise footprint of past generations.  I know the nonstop flights from SDF to San Francisco are going to be hugely popular!”

With addition of San Francisco, Breeze now offers nonstop service to four cities from Louisville including Charleston (CHS), New Orleans (MSY) and Tampa (TPA).

“The Kentucky Department of Aviation’s priorities focus on Kentucky’s airports as the front door for economic development, workforce investment and growth in tourism,” said Mark Carter, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Aviation. “The Louisville Muhammad Ali Airport’s success in establishing direct nonstop air service to and from San Francisco is quite an accomplishment and shows that Louisville and Kentucky is a great place to do business and an interesting destination for tourists. The Department congratulates Dale Boden, Dan Mann and the entire team on this outstanding development.”

“Fast and convenient air service to major cities, like San Francisco, is an important asset for our region when attracting new business and top talent. The new direct flight will add another point of connectivity to the West Coast which we hope will lead to increased investment for our rapidly growing technology sector and make Greater Louisville more attractive to talent looking for more affordable and family-friendly places to live,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce. “GLI applauds the Louisville Regional Airport Authority for continuing to bring a historic number of direct flights to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and growing Greater Louisville’s connectivity with the rest of the globe.”

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Click here for Breeze Airways release, “Breeze Airways™ Debuts Airbus A220 on First of 17 Transcontinental Routes”