AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Beginning January 2024, Breeze Airways will offer direct flights to Orlando from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. 

The announcement was made Wednesday during a press conference at the airport. 

Wednesday’s big announcement is generating so much excitement and it’s one many people in our area have been waiting for.

Making travel from NEPA to the Sunshine State a breeze.

In January, Breeze Airways will offer direct flights from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport to Orlando, Florida.

“Hopefully this is gonna meet up the pent-up demand that’s been up here in northeastern Pennsylvania for non-stop flights into Florida for vacation goers or if you’ve got family in the Florida area, it should be great for everybody,” explained Blake Haag the director of schedule planning at Breeze Airlines.

The flights are scheduled to depart twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Airport officials say there’s been a need since Allegiant Airlines ended its service here in 2018.

“To have Breeze come in and to fill that need, I think it’s going to be phenomenal here at our airport,” added Chris Chermak the vice-chair of the Bi-County Airport Board.

Breeze Airways provides nonstop service between underserved routes across the U.S. at affordable rates.

Travelers like Cathy Gray of Scranton appreciate the convenience of taking direct flights.

“I’m surprised but I’m very pleased. we have family down there, my son is actually coming in in two seconds behind me from right outside of Orlando so we will probably be booking a trip to visit soon,” says Gray.

Fares for a one-way ticket start at $59 if you book before November 14 for travel dates through September 3, 2024.