NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Avelo Airline is getting ready to take its inaugural flight from Tweed New Haven Airport: a non-stop flight from New Haven to Florida. The flight will take off Wednesday morning.
Some of the crew members training Tuesday morning will be onboard Avelo’s inaugural non-stop flight.
“We’ve hired 85 new crew members that are based here with a lot more to come,” said Avelo Airlines CEO Andrew Levy.
He is excited to bring what he calls an “ultra-low-cost, kinder, and on-time carrier” to New Haven.
“It is really hard to get here and that right there just sums it up as to why we think the opportunity is so great,” said Levy.
“Very convenient, cuts out the hassle,” said East Haven resident Heather Dostert.
She has lived next to Tweed New Haven Airport for 20 years and never once flew out of it.
“It used to be it only went to one airport then you had to transfer so you really couldn’t get anywhere easily,” said Dostert.
The non-stop flights from New Haven are scheduled to land in six Florida cities. They include Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Palm Beach, and Sarasota-Bradenton.
“Finally people who live in southern Connecticut have an affordable, reliable, convenient option to fly and we just hope they give us a chance,” said Sean Scanlon, executive director of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority.
Initially, Avelo will have two Boeing 737-700 airplanes based in New Haven. Each with 147 seats. Then, come mid-December they’ll be adding a third.
Already the flights are filling up. The airline has also made an investment in the airport itself, which is getting a facelift for Avelo’s arrival.
“This is just the start of what we refer to as the new HVN airport,” said Scanlon.