Tweed New Haven Sees Upswing as Other Small Airports See Service Reductions — Connecticut by the Numbers

On November 3, 2021, Avelo Airlines opened its base in New Haven (HVN) with a flight to Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World. It followed shortly thereafter with five other destinations in Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Sarasota. Now the airline, the first new airline in the United States in 10 years when it launched in April 2021 from Hollywood Burbank Airport, has 14 non-stop destinations from Tweed, with more on the way, according to CEO Andrew Levy.

Florida isn’t the only destination for Avelo from New Haven. Travelers can head to destinations including Chicago, Nashville, Baltimore/Washington, Raleigh/Durham, Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia, Wilmington, North Carolina, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Savannah/Hilton Head, South Carolina

Governor Ned Lamont recently described the airline as “a wonderful partner to Tweed, contributing to the development of the airport and the expansion of flights to and from New Haven.” Lamont noted this spring that they’re “starting on 4 affordable tracks and growing through May 14th. What a difference a year makes!”

Tweed New Haven was Avelo’s second base of operations and first base on the East Coast when it opened in nearly a year, last November. The company’s three current bases are located at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) in Los Angeles and Orlando International Airport (MCO) as well as Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) in southern Connecticut.

Since last fall, more than 150 HVN-based jobs have been created, according to the airline, including airport customer service and operations, aircraft technical operations and maintenance, flight attendants, pilots, and supervisory positions. The airline announced plans earlier this year to add an additional 50 members of crew by the end of 2022 - increasing the HVN-based team to nearly 200 crew members.