Avelo Airlines announces new base Raleigh-Durham

LONDON – Earlier this week, Avelo Airlines announced the opening of a new base in Raleigh-Durham as the airline’s expansion continues.

The base is expected to open in February 2023, giving Avelo significant passageway for expansion out of the North Carolina Basin.

From RDU, Avelo currently serves Southern Connecticut’s most convenient airport – Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). Since the launch of this service last May, Avelo has flown more than 25,000 customers on more than 200 flights between RDU and HVN.

The airline will initially position one Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 at RDU and plans to add a second 737 in the first quarter of 2023.

Over the next two years, Avelo plans to base up to five to seven aircraft at RDU, which will fly hundreds of thousands of customers annually.

RDU will be the fifth base of Avelo.

The airline currently operates bases at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) in Los Angeles, Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) in southern Connecticut and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Avelo will open its fourth base at Wilmington Airport (ILG) in the Delaware Valley in early February.

Six new routes…

Six new routes will open under the Avelo Arsenal during the base opening, as follows:

  • Orlando (MCO)
    Valid from February 2, 2023 – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Tampa (TPA)
    Valid from February 3, 2023 – Monday and Friday
    Valid from February 16, 2023 – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
    Valid from February 16, 2023 – Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
    Valid from February 16, 2023 – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
  • Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ)
    Valid from February 17, 2023 – Monday, Friday and Saturday
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)
    Valid from February 17, 2023 – Monday, Friday and Saturday

Commenting on the base opening, Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said:

“RDU, say hello to more growth! Our Triangle area customers tell us they love flying Avelo since we flew with RDU last May. Our six new non-stop routes in Florida are just the beginning.”

“Establishing RDU as Avelo’s fifth base will allow us to offer affordable and convenient non-stop access to even more destinations. We appreciate the warm welcome Avelo has received from Raleigh, Durham and the surrounding area – we look forward to increasing our presence in this vibrant community with the opening of Avelo’s new base here in February.”

Michael Languth, President and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, also commented on the opening:

“The Research Triangle has long been recognized as one of the best places in the country to live, work and visit. We are excited to see Avelo expanding its presence at RDU and creating exciting new employment opportunities at the airport.”

In total…

It remains clear that Avolo is full steam ahead as the base count begins to steadily increase.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see where the airline still wants to expand and what kind of long-term success it could see towards the middle of the decade.

It’s clear that while the US emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel is recovering at an alarming rate, and Avelo is keen to capitalize on it.[andemicairtravelisrestoringitselfatanalarmingratewithAveloverykeentotakeadvantageofthat[andemicairtravelisrestoringitselfatanalarmingratewithAveloverykeentotakeadvantageofthat