Avelo Airlines takes off from Delaware Valley

Avelo Airlines Starts Nonstop Daily Flights from Delaware Valley

Avelo Airlines, America’s affordable and convenient airline, started its flights from the Delaware Valley’s convenient airport – Wilmington Airport (ILG).

Since its launch in April 2021, Avelo Airlines has flown nearly 1.7 million Customers on nearly 14,000 flights. And on February 1, 2023, the airline added a nonstop flight to Orlando (MCO).

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Avelo’s new ILG base will enable nonstop flights to five popular Florida destinations: Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Orlando (MCO), Tampa (TPA) and West Palm Beach (PBI). Avelo will fly to Fort Lauderdale on Thursdays and Sundays; Fort Myers on Mondays and Fridays; Orlando on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; Tampa on Thursdays and Sundays; and West Palm Beach on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The opening of Avelo’s fourth base at ILG unlocks a new era of convenient, affordable and reliable air service for the Delaware Valley region. Very low one-way fares starting at $49* are available at AveloAir.com. 

Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “Delaware Valley – it’s time to say Hello, Avelo! Last October, we announced our plans to bring convenient, affordable and reliable air service to the Delaware Valley region. The strong booking trends we are seeing across all five Florida routes make it abundantly clear that people throughout this four-state region are excited about the faster and easier way Avelo will get them to The Sunshine State. We’re equally excited about the Wilmington-based team we are building, as well as the opportunity to support ILG’s neighboring communities and contribute to Delaware’s economic growth.”

U.S. Senator Tom Carper said, “Like so many Delawareans, I am excited to say hello to Avelo as the airline returns commercial service to Wilmington Airport. Keeping our local airports safe, convenient, and operational is an all-hands-on-deck effort, and I welcome Avelo Airlines’ commitment to our region. This commercial air travel presence will support our local economy, create good-paying jobs, and help maintain a nurturing environment for business growth—a win-win-win for the First State.”

Delaware Governor John Carney said, “We are excited to welcome Avelo Airlines to Delaware. Avelo provides passengers from our region an affordable and convenient way to travel. Recent investments in Wilmington Airport’s infrastructure will lead to an effortless travel experience. Thank you to Avelo for choosing Delaware.”

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said, “Avelo Airlines at the Wilmington Airport provides a low cost/low stress alternative to travel. We are excited our residents will have more options when planning their trips and look forward to even more growth and places to visit.”

Delaware River and Bay Authority (the airport operator) Executive Director Thomas J. Cook said, “We’re excited that Avelo Airlines has chosen to bring its low-fare, quality service to the residents and visitors to the Delaware Valley region. We believe Avelo’s decision to schedule daily flights here illustrates our airport’s appeal to the low-cost airline community. If you’re looking to avoid the hassles of a big city airport, Wilmington Airport is for you.”

To commemorate the base opening, Avelo is operating a special inaugural flight to Orlando International Airport – Central Florida’s most convenient and popular airport. Avelo’s Chairman and CEO will welcome Customers aboard with a commemorative boarding pass before joining the flight himself.

Officials from Avelo and the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) will celebrate the occasion with a Delaware Air National Guard and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) color guard ceremony; a ceremonial flyover by a Delaware State University Aviation Program student piloting a Piper Arrow aircraft — for 130 years DSU has been one of America’s premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU); and a water salute performed by the ILG Fire and Rescue Team as Avelo’s first flight taxis to the runway.

The University of Delaware mascot YouDee the Blue Hen and Delaware State’s Too-Fly Hornet will also be on hand to greet Customers and participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of Avelo’s jetliner.

The Delaware Valley’s Best Airport

Wilmington Airport offers a refreshingly smooth, simple and friendly alternative hometown airport experience. ILG’s adjacency to multiple major highways makes it the Delaware Valley’s most convenient and travel-friendly airport for two million people residing in portions of four states: Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, South Jersey and the northern Eastern Shore of Maryland. The combination of terminal-adjacent parking just steps from the airport entrance, a swift TSA screening process, and the ability for Customers to claim their checked bags as soon as they step inside the terminal from their arriving flight, make departing and arriving at ILG the region’s most relaxing and seamless travel experience.

Avelo is basing one Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737-700 at ILG. The airline has hired approximately 50 part-time and fulltime Crewmembers (employees) based at ILG, including Airport Customer Service, Aircraft Technical Operations and Maintenance, Flight Attendants, Pilots and Supervisors. Avelo is considering adding a second 737 later this year — enabling additional destinations and more ILG-based jobs.

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