Avelo Airlines, the startup budget carrier that began flying from Southern California in April, is expanding to the East Coast.
Avelo plans to launch flights from New Haven, Connecticut, to four Florida destinations in November ahead of the busy winter travel season.
The airline plans to offer nonstop service to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Fort Myers using Boeing 737s.
Avelo said introductory fares begin at $59 one way but are only available for flights departing by Nov. 17.
Tweed-New Haven Airport currently only has one flight, an American Airlines flight to Philadelphia offered five times a week on a regional jet operated by American Eagle partner Republic Airways. That service is ending Sept. 30.
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Avelo CEO Andrew Levy sees huge potential in the airport, whose website compares the costs of flying out of New Haven versus driving to bigger airports in the region, including New York’s LaGuardia and JFK and the Newark airport in New Jersey. The airline said it will be investing $1.2 million for airport improvements as part of a $100 million airport modernization project.
“Connecticut told us they want more convenient and affordable options for flying to Florida, and we listened,” Levy said in a statement. “These four sought-after, sun-soaked destinations are an ideal winter retreat, and the smooth small-airport experience that distinguishes (the airport) will ensure our customers depart relaxed and ready for some fun in the sun.”
Avelo likes small airports. The airline’s first base was Hollywood Burbank Airport in Southern California, billed as an alternative to the busy Los Angeles International Airport. Avelo has already canceled service to two of its initial markets, Mesa, Arizona, and Grand Junction, Colorado, and plans to end Bozeman, Montana, service on Sept. 15.
“Like all airlines we are adjusting quickly to where and when our customers want to fly,” Avelo spokesman Jim Olson said via email. “Sometimes that means leaving some markets and other times adding new ones. You can see we are doing both and will continue to be nimble on the planning front.”
Avelo Airlines flights from New Haven to Florida
New Haven to Orlando International Airport
Service begins: Nov. 3 with flights every day but Tuesday and Wednesday
New Haven to Fort Lauderdale
Service begins: Nov. 5 with flights every day but Tuesday and Wednesday
New Haven to Tampa
Service begins: Nov. 8 with flights on Monday, Friday, Saturday
New Haven to Fort Myers
Service begins: Nov. 11 with flights on Thursdays and Sundays