Avelo Airlines looks to add Tweed destinations, officials say

NEW HAVEN — In its first 100 days serving Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, Avelo Airlines has spurred the creation of 100 new jobs at more than $20 million in local economic impact, within additional destinations coming soon, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said Thursday.

During Avelo’s first three months of service, it flew nearly 70,000 customers on nearly 600 flights to and from New Haven, Levy said.

Avelo began flying from Tweed, its East Coast base, to what are now six destinations in Florida on Nov. 3, 2021.

Avelo, which announced the service in May 2021, currently operates three 147-seat Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft at Tweed. The airline will be adding three more planes in the coming months — along with new destinations to locations other than Florida, Levy said.

He would not say which other cities Avelo will fly to from Tweed, which uses the booking symbol “HVN.” But a representative of Rex Development, Barbara Malmberg, told the East Haven Economic Development Commission earlier this week that Avelo soon will announce service to a Midwest destination.

Avelo has hired 109 New Haven-based crew members, including flight attendants, pilots, airport customer service representatives and operations-related roles, as well as managers and supervisors, the airline said in a release. It plans to hire at least 100 additional Tweed-based crew members by the end of 2022.

“I’m very pleased with the initial response to Avelo’s arrival at HVN,” said Levy. “HVN’s unrivaled convenience paired with Avelo’s exceptional reliability and affordability have made our airline an appealing choice for folks from across the region.

“We’re especially proud of Avelo’s remarkable HVN-based Crewmembers whose dedication to excellence and caring Soul of Service are fueling Avelo’s success,” Levy said in the release. “We look forward to continuing to invest in our team, this community and the state as we add more destinations, more airplanes and more Crewmembers in the months ahead.”

To celebrate the 100-day milestone, Avelo is offering a $49 one-way fare between Tweed and its six Florida destinations: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota / Bradenton, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Avelo said in the release. The fare is available at AveloAir.com.

“Simply put, the last 100 days have been incredible,” said Tweed New Haven Airport Authority Executive Director Sean Scanlon. “From 100 new jobs created to 70,000 people passing through our airport, we are so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish these last three months.

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