Big moves are happening this week in low-cost carrier country, with Breeze Airways and Avelo Airlines announcing plans to expand in one form or another.
For Breeze, it is opening new routes from 15 airports, including two new cities over the winter, while Avelo said it will open a new crew base and begin service on two new routes this week.
With airlines reporting third quarter earnings over the past few weeks, it’s clear travel demand has been strong through 2022, and most executives said on their earnings calls that they expect travelers to continue moving for the foreseeable future, even in traditionally slower times.
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The Breeze and Avelo plans position both airlines to capture some of that demand.
Here’s what’s coming.
Breeze Airways expansion plans
In February and March, Breeze will launch 15 new routes, including the introduction of service to Cincinnati, Ohio, and Vero Beach, Florida.
“Breeze provides fast, efficient and affordable air service between underserved city pairs,” Breeze Airways President Tom Doxey said in a statement. “We are excited to introduce two new cities to our national route network, as we add routes from 15 cities.”
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Vero Beach will see nonstop flights from Hartford, Connecticut on Thursdays and Saturdays starting February 2 and from White Plains, New York on Fridays and Mondays starting February 3.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, will have nonstop service to San Francisco, Calif. and Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting Feb. 8.
The airports benefiting from new services, including flights with a stopover, are:
- Akron-Canton, Ohio, in Orlando, Florida
- Bentonville – Fayetteville, Arkansas in Phoenix, Arizona; Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina
- Charleston, South Carolina in Cincinnati, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Huntsville, Alabama and Bentonville-Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Hartford, Connecticut in Vero Beach, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Provo, Utah and San Bernardino, California
- Huntsville, Alabama, in Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina
- Las Vegas, Nevada, in San Bernardino, California
- Orlando Florida, in Akron-Canton, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Huntsville, Alabama; and Bentonville-Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Phoenix, Arizona, in Hartford, Connecticut; Richmond, Virginia; Bentonville-Fayetteville, Arkansas; and New Orleans, Louisiana
- Richmond, Virginia, in Phoenix, Arizona
- San Bernardino, California, in Las Vegas, Nevada and Hartford, Connecticut
- San Francisco, California, in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Orlando, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina
- Vero Beach, Florida, in Hartford, Connecticut; White Plains, New York and Norfolk, Virginia
- White Plains, New York, in Vero Beach, Florida
Introductory fares on new routes start at $29 for the simplest tickets and up to $199 for the airline’s “Nicest” first-class cabin, which includes carry-on and checked baggage allowances , as well as drinks and snacks.
A new base for Avelo Airlines
Avelo said it would open a base at Wilmington Airport in Delaware in February, with service to five Florida destinations to begin with: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
“Our super low fares and nonstop flights to five sunny Florida destinations, combined with the fast and seamless experience at Wilmington Airport, will make traveling easier than ever,” said Andrew Levy, Founder and CEO of ‘Avelo Airlines in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming everyone aboard Avelo’s (Wilmington) maiden flight in February.”
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Avelo will be the only airline to serve Wilmington when it enters service.
Jim Olson, a spokesperson for the airline, acknowledged in a statement that the company’s Delaware base will open even as it outlines a plan to make Ft. Myers a crew base, citing reduced demand following Hurricane Ian.
This week, Avelo also inaugurated service from Orlando to Lexington, Kentucky and Newport News, Virginia.