Breeze Airways Schedules New Orleans-Las Vegas Flights & Resumes Los Angeles Service Next Year

In a strategic shift to increase its transcontinental presence, Breeze Airways announced it would start a new route between New Orleans and Las Vegas and resume its previously established service to Los Angeles. These strategic additions to the network underscore the focus on growing further travel options for flyers in the southern United States and beyond.

New Orleans to Las Vegas: A Fresh Connection

Service from  MSY (Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport) to LAS ( Harry Reid International Airport) in Las Vegas will be nonstop beginning February 5, 2025, when Breeze Airways starts service. This will be a new route for Breeze, and it will couple two exciting towns filled with richly different cultures and entertainment.

Service will be six times weekly, allowing travelers to take leisure or business trips. Flight MX304 leaves New Orleans at 20:20 to arrive in Las Vegas at 22:15. And then there’s also a red-eye on the return leg: Flight MX305—Las Vegas at 23:59; touchdown in New Orleans comes at 06:00 the following morning.

This route will be operated by Breeze Airways’ brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The A220-300 is an extremely efficient 137-seat platform that makes it very well-suited to the almost four-hour sector flying time. This aircraft type will help Breeze offer 274 seats every day on the route for a total weekly capacity of 1,644 seats.

Flights are strategically timed to allow the traveler from New Orleans to spend maximum time in Las Vegas. With an evening arrival, a person in New Orleans could go out and sample some of the Las Vegas nightlife. On the other hand, the red-eye return allows for a whole day spent in Las Vegas before returning to New Orleans.

Strengthen Network Connectivity

Not only will this new route connect two large tourist markets, but it will also significantly enhance the network connectivity for Breeze. Breeze has a mix of year-round and seasonal destinations from its New Orleans base, including Charleston, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Louisville, Norfolk, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh. Now that Las Vegas has been added to this mix of destinations, there will now be all sorts of new connecting flights and much more opportunities where passengers from those markets can travel.

Similarly, at Las Vegas, Breeze already has a sizable operation in place with service to nine points in the eastern and southern United States. The new flying to New Orleans will make the Gulf Coast much more accessible to those current markets.

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Competitive Landscape

As this new service brings more choice to travelers, it does tip its hat into an extraordinarily competitive market. Southwest Airlines already dominates this route at both New Orleans and Las Vegas, two of its leading operators. Cirium data indicates that Southwest has scheduled 112 flights between the two cities in February, flying a mix of Boeing 737 models that seat more passengers than Breeze’s A220-300s.

Moreover, it seems that Breeze—with a smaller craft, flying less frequently—is concentrating on cornering a niche market segment; business travelers probably trying to get a more boutique flying experience, or people wanting easier time slots.

Re-Establishing the Los Angeles Connection

In addition to the Las Vegas route, the latest nonstop service by Breeze from New Orleans to Los Angeles International Airport is returning on February 19, 2025. Initially started in May 2023 and halted in September of the same year, this route is being relaunched with a similar operational pattern to the new Las Vegas service.

Flight MX302 will depart New Orleans at 20:15 to arrive in the City of Angels at 22:35, which is a flying time of 4 hours and 20 minutes. The backtrack, MX303, emulates the Las Vegas route, also a red-eye, with departure from LAX at 23:59 and landing in New Orleans at 06:00 the next morning.

This route resumption coincides with very stiff competition from other carriers. Delta Air Lines offers the most coverage, with 164 flights scheduled for February using both Airbus A321s and Boeing 737s. Southwest Airlines also operates a notable capacity, with 56 flights planned using its 737s.

Therefore, Breeze’s confidence in its product offering may drive it to decide on re-entry into this competitive market. This could also indicate a strategic focus on connecting New Orleans with major destinations on the West Coast.

Implications and Outlook

These have been Breeze Airways’ biggest Westward expansions to date. Not only will they enhance its route map, but they will also provide it with two major business destinations along the West Coast, making it a bigger player in the transcontinental market.

The utilization of the Airbus A220-300 is worth mentioning on these longer routes. This next-generation aircraft offers both fuel efficiency and passenger comfort, which could be the differentiators in the competitive landscape across these routes. The economics of the A220-300 may enable Breeze to run these routes profitably with lower frequency than larger competitors.

Assuming Breeze Airways continues to grow its network, these new routes could open additional opportunities for even more west coast destinations or higher frequencies if the routes are successful. This strategy of continuing to link underserved city pairs with the airline’s efficient A220 fleet is evolving, and these new routes into Las Vegas and Los Angeles represent two giant steps in Breeze’s development toward a national carrier.

For passengers, these new routes mean more options and potentially competitive fares on popular leisure routes. If successful, this service may well drive future route planning—not only for Breeze but also for other carriers servicing these markets.

As these launch dates approach, it will be interesting to watch how Breeze Airways markets these new services and how they ebb in the competitive dynamics laid out on these routes. Airline watchers will surely be keenly watching to see how this relatively new entrant fares on such high-profile transcontinental routes.

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