NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new era in flying will take off Wednesday morning at Tweed New Haven Airport.
Avelo Airline’s first non-stop flight is set to depart for Orlando at 11 a.m.
“This is a wonderful airport. The proximity it has to major highways and railways really enable it to be so convenient to so many people,” said Avelo Chairman and Ceo Andrew Levy.
A ceremony was hosted at the airport ahead of takeoff to commemorate the opening of Avelo’s East Coast base and first flight. Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and other state leaders will be in attendance.
“Today’s first flight is a significant milestone for Avelo, HVN, and Southern Connecticut. A new era of convenient and affordable air travel for the region is taking flight today. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new Customers aboard today’s inaugural flight to Orlando, as well as the five other sun-soaked Florida destinations we’ll start flying to in the days and weeks ahead,” Levy in a press release Wednesday.
“I really think of this greater New Haven Area as an economic hub and a transportation hub for this state,” said Gov. Lamont.
Avelo has already hired about 100 local workers. That includes one flight attendant who made a big career change.
“I’ve been a nurse for 18 years and decided that this was my absolute dream, and I was going to take a leap of faith and do it. And it’s been the most amazing experience,” said Kim Howard, a flight attendant.
She also lives right near Tweed, where some neighbors have been fighting any expansion. As more air and ground traffic comes to Tweed, officials say plans are already in the works to keep things as quiet as possible. Mayor Elicker was touting the benefits to locals, like the woman he met yesterday.
“…who was so excited she could actually afford a trip to Florida. $58 bucks one way, so she was saying. ‘I can’t believe it. I’m going to be flying down there to enjoy myself on a holiday.'”
This is exactly the idea, to make it cheap and convenient to get to Florida cities including Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Plam Beach
Avelo plans to add more planes, routes, and jobs in the months and years to come.