Breeze Airways Expands Routes with Nonstop Service to Tampa, Florida from West Virginia International Yeager Airport
Breeze Airways launched service at CRW last month and has just announced their third nonstop destination to sunny Tampa, Florida. Flights are scheduled to begin on October 4, 2023. This exciting addition marks Breeze Airways‘ third nonstop destination from the West Virginia International Yeager Airport, opening up new opportunities for travelers in the region. With its commitment to affordable fares and exceptional service, Breeze Airways continues to redefine the flying experience for passengers.
Expanding Horizons: West Virginia International Yeager Airport has seen a remarkable increase in its connectivity options since Breeze Airways launched service. Breeze Airways’ decision to establish Tampa, Florida as its third nonstop destination from West Virginia International Yeager Airport speaks volumes about the airline’s dedication to enhancing regional connectivity. By offering convenient, direct flights, Breeze Airways facilitates easy access to popular destinations, fostering economic growth and tourism opportunities for both West Virginia and Tampa.
The addition of Tampa to Breeze Airways’ expanding route network provides West Virginians with more travel options, allowing them to effortlessly connect with family, friends, and business partners in the Sunshine State. Similarly, Floridians now have the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of West Virginia, immersing themselves in its rich history and natural wonders.
Tampa, Florida: The Sunshine State Awaits: Tampa, Florida, is a vibrant city known for its sunny weather, stunning beaches, and diverse cultural attractions. From exploring the iconic Busch Gardens theme park to relaxing on the pristine shores of Clearwater Beach, Tampa offers an array of experiences for all types of travelers. By introducing nonstop flights to Tampa, Breeze Airways has opened up a gateway for West Virginians to immerse themselves in the vibrant energy of the Sunshine State. Whether it’s a family vacation, a weekend getaway, or a business trip, Tampa’s blend of outdoor activities, cultural landmarks, and mouthwatering cuisine is sure to captivate visitors.
What to expect: The new route will begin on Oct. 4 with service on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Fares start from just $59 one way.
- Breeze offers passengers both bundled and a la carte options known as Nice, Nicer and Nicest. The Nicest bundle includes Breeze Ascent, two checked bags, and complimentary snacks and beverages, including alcohol.
- Breeze currently flies both regional and transcontinental flights within the U.S. on a fleet of Embraer 190/195 and Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
- Flights are now on sale at www.flybreeze.com and via the Breeze app.
Spring break is here. But, you don’t need to be a teenager to make all your travel dreams come true this spring break! We can help. At CRW, we want to ensure your travel experience is smooth sailing with no turbulence. So, here are some tips to get you through spring break travel.
It’s going to be a crowded spring break this year, with more travelers than in previous years during the pandemic. Travel agents are reporting significant increases in their bookings for the upcoming spring break, and even summer vacations.
According to The International Air Transport Association, 150 percent more passengers will fly this year than they did last year.
One of the most basic rules of flying is to give yourself plenty of time. We know getting through CRW’s TSA checkpoint is a breeze, but you never know if there will be a delay at the checkpoint, or if you need to take more time checking in a bag at the airline kiosk. CRW suggests arriving at the airport 90 minutes before your scheduled flight. But, also check with the airlines.
If you are checking a bag, some airlines require you to arrive at least an hour before your flight. In some cases, if you aren’t at the airport within the hour check-in window, the airline can refuse to allow you to board.
CHECK YOUR FLIGHT STATUS
We aren’t out of the woods yet for winter weather, and neither are certain Spring Break destinations, like Chicago. Even if you are heading to a tropical place, your aircraft may be coming from somewhere cold. Checking your flight status will keep you in the know of any last-minute changes, cancellations, or delays.
The best way to track your plane is to visit FlightAware.com or download the app. Once there, you can enter your flight number and track your flight in real time.
Tracking your flight has perks during busy travel times, such as spring break. Tracking inbound flights is particularly useful when the airline you’re traveling on offers a limited number of flights from CRW.
Knowing where your flight is coming from can help you understand any potential delays, and plan accordingly from there.
BE CHECKPOINT SAVVY
In order to keep the TSA security line moving smoothly, make sure you have your ID and boarding pass out. Make sure your pockets are empty, belts, jackets, and shoes are off. You can, of course, skip this part if you have TSA PreCheck.
If you aren’t sure what you can or can’t bring with you, head over to this link.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK OR ACCEPT HELP
At CRW, passenger safety and their experience is our top priority. In order to enhance that experience, CRW has recently implemented the Sunflower Program, a program that helps passengers with hidden disabilities. We offer complimentary sunflower lanyards, pins, or bracelets in baggage claim for passengers to wear, if they have a hidden disability. More information on this program can be found here.
While the CDC has lessened their requirements on masks, you will still need to wear your mask at CRW and on your flight.
When flying in the United States, you will still need to wear a mask.
TSA PRE✓® ENROLLMENT EVENT AT WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT MARCH 7 – 11, 2022
CRW invites you to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program the week of March 7 – 11. The airport will host a convenient temporary “pop-up” enrollment center.
The application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in TSA Pre✓® – an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear, and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select TSA airport checkpoint screening lanes.
Travelers need only to make an appointment online (appointments are being taken now at https://www.identogo.com/precheck) and complete their enrollment in-person or as a walk-in at the application center. It typically only takes 10 minutes to pre-enroll. After completing the pre-enrollment steps, applicants type in the location “Charleston, WV” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for CRW.
The enrollment center will be in the ticket lobby and will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 7 to 11.
The application fee is $85 and is good for five years. It must be paid at the time of your appointment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Fingerprints also are required during the in-person enrollment session.
WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL YEAGER AIRPORT HOME BASE FOR MILITARY AIRCRAFT RAPID FUELING
Through West Virginia International Yeager Airport’s (CRW) Home Base Program, CRW will again welcome military aircraft to refuel by rapid fueling.
Rapid or “hot” refueling is the process of refueling an aircraft while at least one engine is still running. Hot fueling reduces the time it takes an aircraft to get back into the air and carry out additional missions.
Shutting down the aircraft, fueling, and starting back up can take more than an hour, while hot fueling takes just 15 – 20 minutes. CRW is a certified rapid fueling location and uses the same procedures to hot fuel that are used on military bases around the world.
CRW Airport Director & CEO, Nick Keller, says the increased military flights will benefit the Airport and the community.
“Hot refueling puts agility at the forefront,” said Nick Keller, Airport Director & CEO. “Military aircraft can land at CRW without shutting off their engines and then reliably and quickly take back off to fulfill another mission.”
In 2021, the Home Base Program attracted over 150 military units to CRW for fuel. As a result, CRW hopes to drastically increase the economic impact of the Home Base Program on the local economy in 2022. The public may notice additional military air traffic in the area in the coming months. Hot refueling is heavily regulated and the airport’s program has received approval from the Defense Logistics Agency.