Avelo announces East Coast expansion plans

Just one week after beginning operations in California, the new carrier laid out its strategy for growth on the other side of the country

Start-up operator Avelo Airlines has revealed its plans to open a second base at Tweed New Haven Airport in Southern Connecticut on the East Coast of the United States. 

The firm – which became America’s first new mainline carrier in 15 years when it began operations on April 28 – expects to start flying from the new site in the third quarter of this year. 

Burbank Boeing 737 take-off
The carrier only began operations last week from Hollywood/Burbank. Getty Images/Joe Scarnici

Avelo will base a single Boeing 737-700 aircraft at the Connecticut facility. Like its other trio of 737-800s, the smaller variant will be operated in an all single-class configuration. 

“We are very excited to partner with the airport 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,” said Andrew Levy, chairman and CEO. “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 Boeing 737s
Avelo Airlines currently holds a fleet comprising a trio of Boeing 737-800s. Getty Images/Joe Scarnici

The new airline says it will be investing $1.2m into the facility to help upgrade and modernise facilities and operations.  

Avelo expects to employ more than 100 staff by the end of the year, including pilots, flight attendants, customer support personnel and technicians – most of which, according to the firm, will be locally hired. 

Details of the routes it expects to serve from the new base are yet to be revealed.