Passengers excited about Avelo Air’s cheap service have described travel on the startup’s updated 737s as a ‘little bit of heaven’. Now the airline actually offers service out of HVN — not the heavenly paradise, but Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).
The HVN-ly service (OK, I’ll stop now) extends Avelo’s reach to the US East Coast. The first new US airline in 15 years, Avelo has been flying to nine destinations across the western United States since Burbank, California since April 28. With New Haven as the East Coast hub, Avelo will now be the first airline to offer direct flights between HVN and Florida.
Getaways to Sunshine State start November 3rd. Avelo flies direct from New Haven (HVN) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).
As a low cost airline, Avelo starts its Florida flights with initial fares starting at $ 59 *. Tickets can be ordered at AveloAir.com.
The initial ticket price must be booked by 31 August 2021 for travel before 17 November 2021 and is available at a limited number of seats. Additional charges for hand luggage and checked bags, assigned seats and other optional services may apply.
“Connecticut residents told us they want more convenient and affordable opportunities to fly to Florida,” said Avelo President and CEO Andrew Levy. “The refreshingly simple and smooth HVN experience at the small airport will ensure that our customers depart relaxed and ready for fun in the sun.”
Over 3.5 million people live in Connecticut. New Haven, 80 miles from Manhattan, is far more convenient for them than airports in the New York area such as LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. Tweed-New Haven is close to several major freeways and commuter railways, making it Connecticut’s most convenient and accessible airport. “For years, the people of southern Connecticut have been asking for more options when it comes to flights, and that will become a reality from November,” said Sean Scanlon, CEO of Tweed-New Haven Airport.
Avelo will operate single-class Boeing 737-700 Next Gen aircraft with 147 seats from New Haven. The idea is to provide a more comfortable, mainline jet experience than the small regional jets and turboprops that historically served the airport. Avelo will also invest $ 1.2 million to help upgrade facilities and operations as part of a total $ 100 million modernization, including a new terminal and extended runway at HVN.
Avelo says that in its first hundred days of operation, Avelo has operated more than 1,250 flights with only three cancellations, a 99.8% completion factor. During the same period, Avelo achieved an 85% arrival time performance on time.
Avelo is focused on leisure travelers, and the Connecticut Yankees can find something to enjoy at each of the airline’s new Florida destinations.
Avelo will offer five flights a week to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, staring on Nov. 4. The airline flies twice a week to Tampa Bay from Nov. 8, with two flights a week to Fort Meyers from Nov. 11.
Greater Fort Lauderdale offers over three hundred days of sunshine with 24 miles of golden sandy beaches and waterfront dining and shopping. With comfortable temperatures all year round, the Atlantic Ocean always invites divers, snorkelers, stand-up paddleboarders and jet skiers. The destination also boasts luxury hotels, museums, nightlife, shopping, casinos and family fun.
Fort Myers, in the peaceful Gulf of Mexico, is known for its beautiful weather, beaches with shells, outdoor recreational activities and historic estates. It is also a gateway to a stretch of barrier islands, including the Sanibel area, known for its beaches, fishing, nature walks, bird watching, golf and tennis.
Orlando is, of course, the theme park’s capital of the world for its parks and attractions, such as Disney World and Universal Orlando. The area also offers 5,000 restaurants with well-known chefs, local favorites and many options. Orlando is also home to sizzling nightlife and a vibrant entertainment scene, craft breweries, wineries and professional sports.
Tampa Bay claims 361 days of sunshine a year and some of the world’s best rated beaches. Visitors can discover blue skies and sunshine, a sparkling waterfront, world-class fishing chefs, family fun and a century of Cuban culture. The area boasts the popular Tampa Riverwalk, which connects downtown favorite attractions along the Hillsborough River, to the Heights Public Market. Signature attractions include Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium, as well as Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Avelo was launched during COVID-19 and the pandemic is still with us. The FAA recently announced that it is extending the mask mandate for passengers on U.S. flights through January 22, 2022. In addition to masking, Avelo says it encourages social distancing of best practices whenever possible. The company says all customers receive a convenience package that includes a hand sanitizer and bottled water.
Avelo also regularly cleans and disinfects its aircraft, while tray tables, galleys, toilets and all other high-touch surfaces are disinfected every night with hospital-grade disinfectant. Avelo also treats the aircraft regularly with an advanced antimicrobial protective agent that kills viruses, bacteria and germs. The cabin air is updated every two to three minutes by the 737’s top-down air filtration and ventilation system with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters that remove 99.9% of air particles, including viruses such as coronavirus.