Taking Flight: Avelo Airlines

Connecticut’s Newest Air Carrier Offers Low-Cost Nonstop East Coast Destinations 

Looking for a quick, inexpensive getaway to warmer climes? Well, Connecticut has a new airline that can whisk you away to one of dozens of destinations in the Southern U.S. with some fares as low as $49. 

Launched last year, Avelo Airlines has established its East Coast base at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), making it the first airline to offer nonstop flights between that airport and six Florida cities, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Meyers, Sarasota/Bradenton and West Palm Beach.

“Amidst the crowds, long lines, lengthy walks and traffic congestion encountered at other airports frequented by Connecticut travelers, HVN offers a refreshingly smooth and simple alternative hometown airport experience,” the company said in a press release. “HVN’s adjacency to multiple major highways and commuter railways make it Connecticut’s most convenient and easily accessible airport.”

The company’s leaders like to emphasize the airline’s friendly, caring service and a commitment of encouraging people to travel by making it more affordable and convenient. 

“We’re excited to bring more choice, everyday low fares and the Avelo Soul of Service to Connecticut,” said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “Connecticut residents told us they want more convenient and affordable options for air travel we listened.”

Avelo also operates flights on the West Coast as well, from its base at Los Angeles/Hollywood Burbank Airport to 10 destinations, including Las Vegas, Denver and Salt Lake City. 

Avelo is pushing to be a passenger-friendly airline by staking out underused and more affordable bases, such as Tweed and Burbank, so it can offer more affordable fares. Avelo additionally is offering perks like inexpensive bag-check and seat selection fees. Its fleet consists of Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft on the East Coast and Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft on the West Coast.

Avelo first started flying from Tweed in November 2021 to four Florida cities and began service to two more in January 2022. The company recently announced it is expanding its flight roster to include four new nonstop destinations outside of Florida - Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Nashville and Savannah to begin in May 2022.

“Tweed-New Haven Airport continues to be a growing destination, and the addition of these flights is welcomed news as more travelers recognize how convenient, quick and easy it is to fly out of this airport,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said in a press release. 

Avelo has also said it will invest $1.2 million to help upgrade and modernize facilities and operations at Tweed as part of an overall $100 million expansion project at the New Haven airport that will include a new terminal and extended runway. This growth will allow Avelo to hire more than 200 Connecticut-based Crewmembers.  

“I’m very pleased with the response to Avelo at HVN," Levy said. "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. 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.” 

Avelo Airlines

Tweed New Haven Airport, 155 Burr St., New Haven



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