Avelo Airlines is the newest airline in the USA. The airline launched operations last week, initially flying from Burbank to 11 destinations on the West Coast, while offering incredibly low fares. The airline has now announced its first East Coast base.
Avelo Airlines expanding East in third quarter
Avelo Airlines will be setting up its first East Coast base at Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN). The airline will start operations at the airport in the third quarter of 2021, hoping to bring choice, low fares, and convenience, to Southern Connecticut.
The airline is investing $1.2 million into the airport to help upgrade and modernize facilities and operations. The airline will also employe more than 100 crew members at the airport by the end of the year, including pilots, flight attendants, customer support personnel, and technicians. More details about the Avelo base operations and destinations served by Avelo at the airport will be revealed in the coming months.
Avelo’s investment is part of a $100 million project that the airport has for a new terminal, and an extension of the runway at the airport.
As Avelo Airlines CEO Andrew Levy describes this decision:
“We are very excited to partner with HVN as we begin to build our East Coast operations. Our surprisingly low fares and refreshingly smooth travel experience are sure to be embraced by residents of Southern Connecticut. Tweed New Haven has enormous potential, and our first East Coast base is great news for Avelo, New Haven, East Haven and other local communities.”
Avelo Airlines flies Boeing 737-800s with 189 seats
My take on Avelo’s New Haven base
Avelo Airlines is an ultra low cost carrier, and we knew from the beginning that the airline intends to primarily serve markets that aren’t served by other airlines.
Avelo started operations by setting up a base in Burbank. Los Angeles is a major market, and Hollywood Burbank Airport is an incredibly convenient airport for so many people. While Avelo’s routes were largely unique, the airport as such was already fairly well served.
The new base in New Haven is much more fascinating and riskier, if you ask me. For context, Tweed New Haven Airport serves just around 50,000 passengers per year, and the airport has a single commercial route, on American Eagle to Philadelphia.
There’s so much potential value here, but also risk:
- Avelo is run by some smart people, and I’m sure they’ve run the numbers on the markets that they plan to launch, and they believe this will make sense
- At the same time, it’s fascinating to essentially set up a base at an airport that otherwise doesn’t get much service
- I’m sure the cost structure for Avelo at the airport is amazing, and much lower than in Burbank
- Tweed New Haven Airport is just under an hour drive (around 55 miles) from Hartford-Bradley International Airport, so presumably the airline is primarily hoping to poach passengers who would otherwise fly out of there; the airport is also just a few miles from Yale, so I’m sure this will be popular with college students
I can’t wait to see what kind of routes Avelo launches. My money is on there being a focus on Florida, as there is for so many airlines nowadays.
This will be the most air service New Haven has ever had
Avelo Airlines has revealed its first East Coast base, which will be at Tweed New Haven Airport. This is a small airport that currently gets very little service, and it’s just under an hour drive from Hartford. The airline is betting on South Connecticut and the surrounding area, and I hope the bet pays off.
I can’t wait to see what routes the airline plans on launching from here.
What do you make of Avelo Airlines setting up a base in New Haven?