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Breeze Airways CEO David Neeleman. Photo: Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Breeze Airways announced this week that it will begin flying on May 27 with flights mostly in the southeastern and central United States, AP reports.

The state of play: Customers can start scheduling flights to and from specific airports in Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Arkansas, according to the company's website. Flights start at $39 one way.

  • The airline plans to expand to 16 cities by July, per AP.
  • Breeze was initially scheduled to start operations last year, but its launch was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today notes.

Driving the news: "The company plans to make non-stop flights between smaller airports that currently don’t have such service. It says bypassing major hubs will allow travelers to save both time and money," AP writes.

  • Breeze CEO David Neeleman, who founded JetBlue Airways, says that there is an untapped market for non-stop flights between smaller cities, per USA Today. The airline could potentially rival Allegiant, another budget airline that attracts people in those locations.

The big picture: Breeze's launch comes a month after another startup airline, Avelo, began flying on the West Coast. Travel is beginning to return in the U.S. and both airlines are looking to benefit from the uptick, per AP.

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White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy was on the road Tuesday in Illinois to tout the administration's progress on climate action and learn more about cutting-edge energy research at two national laboratories.

Driving the news: In an interview with Axios, she addressed a Reuters report that the White House is working with the airline industry on a plan to cut that sector's greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050, through the use of sustainable aviation fuels, among other steps.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

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The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.