- Avelo Airlines is launching six new routes to popular vacation destinations this winter.
- The young airline is starting operations in Florida out of its new East Coast base on November 3.
- Avelo’s network expansion comes as airlines continue to see an uptick in holiday bookings.
New low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines is expanding its route network with six new destinations this winter, including beach and ski destinations across the US. The expansion comes as the industry sees a strong travel rebound heading into the holiday season, especially as the Delta variant-fueled COVID wave continues to recede and people feel comfortable flying again.
Two of the new city pairs are from New Haven, Connecticut, the airline’s new East Coast base. Avelo is launching its first flight to Florida on November 3 out of New Haven with plans to add four more markets in the Sunshine State by mid-January. Avelo CEO Andrew Levy explained Florida is a “safe” market because there is always going to be demand, but the company just needs to find the right balance of frequencies at the right price point.
“We’re feeling good about bookings going into November. I think we’re going to have a really strong start in the markets we’re going into,” Levy said.
While Avelo is only starting with flights to Florida, Levy told Insider that it is likely the carrier will also offer routes to states just north of Florida and around the Midwest, which would be right in the sweet spot for the company’s short-haul strategy.
Avelo has also been expanding on the West Coast, particularly in Las Vegas where it is adding three routes. According to Levy, destinations served out of California have been doing well for the carrier, so adding an additional spoke to Las Vegas makes sense. Levy explained all four markets it plans to serve from Las Vegas, including Santa Rosa, Redding, and Eureka in California and Fort Collins in Colorado, do not have any current nonstop options to Sin City.
“We’re going into these markets where we can offer something the doesn’t already exist there. Fort Collins and Redding bookings are doing well, so we feel good about what we’re doing out West,” Levy told Insider.
Here’s a closer look at Avelo’s six new leisure routes.
Between New Haven, Connecticut and West Palm Beach, Florida
Avelo will begin daily nonstop service between New Haven and West Palm Beach on December 16, though the schedule will reduce to five times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning January 5. The outbound will depart New Haven at 7:00 a.m. and land in Palm Beach at 10:10 a.m., while the return will take off at 10:50 a.m. and arrive at 1:40 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between New Haven, Connecticut and Sarasota, Florida
Avelo will begin thrice-weekly nonstop service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays between New Haven and Sarasota on January 13. The outbound will be an evening flight with the return departing in the afternoon. Avelo will be the route’s only competitor.
Between Las Vegas and Redding, California
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Las Vegas and Redding on January 6. The outbound will depart Redding at 9:30 a.m. and land in Las Vegas at 11:05 a.m., while the return will take off at 11:45 a.m. and arrive at 1:25 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between Las Vegas and Fort Collins, Colorado
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Wednesdays and Saturdays between Las Vegas and Fort Collins on December 15. The outbound will depart Fort Collins at 12:05 p.m. and land in Las Vegas at 1:00 p.m., while the return will take off at 1:40 p.m. and arrive at 4:30 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between Las Vegas and Eureka, California
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Las Vegas and Eureka on November 18. The outbound will depart Eureka at 3:00 p.m. and land in Las Vegas at 4:45 p.m., while the return will take off at 5:25 p.m. and arrive at 7:25 p.m. Avelo will be the route’s only competitor.
Between Burbank, California and Tucson, Arizona
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Burbank and Tucson on December 16. The outbound will depart Burbank at 5:40 p.m. and land in Tucson at 8:10 p.m., while the return will take off at 8:50 p.m. and arrive at 9:30 p.m. Avelo will be the route’s only operator.