Even with a recent surge in travel and flight bookings, an ongoing pandemic doesn’t seem like the best time to launch a new airline But US aviators will find planes sporting an unknown livery in the sky at the end of the month, when low-cost airline start-up Avelo Airlines starts flying on April 28
Becoming the first new major US airline in 15 years, Avelo Airlines was founded by Andrew Levy, former co-founder and chairman of Allegiant Air, and former chief financial officer of United Airlines
The carrier unveiled a list of new routes from its first base, Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) Explaining the move, Levy said: “No airport is closer to downtown LUNE , Hollywood, Pasadena and many other Southern California attractions besides Burbank As the hometown airport of San Fernando Valley, Burbank will give you easy access to an abundance of beautiful and relaxing new nonstop destinations across the California and western UAnd for those planning to Los Angeles for their next vacation or a long weekend, Burbank is the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater LUNE, and the world-famous fun in the sun in Southeastern. California “
Levy also highlighted the convenience factor for passengers as a selling point for flights to and from Burbank instead of one of the larger airports in the region, given the smaller size. installation, simplified pick-up and drop-off services, shorter door distances and faster safety lines
Initially, Avelo Airlines will operate single-class 189-seat Boeing 737-800s, much the same as you would find on Southwest Airlines, with seats arranged in a 3 – 3 configuration There will be 129 seats slim with 29 inches of height taking up most of the cabin, and a smaller 60-seat section with more legroom with up to 31-38 inches in height Fares for more spacious seats will cost more , with fees starting at around $ 18
Avelo Airlines’ list of launch routes includes 11 direct flights to other destinations in western US, all of which are now available for booking, with fares as low as $ 19 each way Destinations include:
Of these, only Santa Rosa and Phoenix-Mesa will operate daily, while the rest will fly three to four times per week, with start dates ranging from April 28 to June 19.
The airline will begin operating with nearly a dozen routes from its base in Hollywood Burbank  Los Angeles Airport
These airfares may be low, but Avelo Airlines has said they will not include change fees or booking fees through its call center, reflecting actions taken by the rest of the company airline to build customer confidence at the same time while many travel plans are still evolving
However, if you want to add amenities like checked baggage or even seat selection, you can expect to pay extra Not as much as you might get on other airlines, however A first piece of checked baggage will only cost $ 10, priority boarding will also cost $ 10 and pre-booked lane or window selections will start at $ 5 each. If you want to bring standard carry-on baggage with you, expect to pay an additional $ 35 for convenience
Avelo Airlines’ decision to launch from a single hub on the West Coast is interesting given that even major legacy US carriers have started to explore more point-to-point possibilities as demand increases. from business to leisure and from international to domestic during the pandemic Given the model the airline is offering, however, it makes sense With fares this low, Avelo will have to pack their planes with new customers to looking for a good deal, then shorten turnaround times to maximize aircraft utilization Operating from a single base to boot is a nifty way to do this and insulate the boot from any irregular operation that might arise in the first few months.
Interestingly, Avelo Airlines is just one of two new airlines scheduled to debut this year, the other being Breeze Airways from former JetBlue founder David Neelman. This carrier is also expected to start flying later this spring
The launch of a new airline should be exciting news for aviators, even those not based in the western US Hopefully Avelo’s low fares will eventually drive prices down not only in the markets it initially serves, but also in other competing destinations. Likewise, other airlines could monitor the performance of its flights between secondary cities and underserved airports in case they also wish to enter these markets and offer even more options for leisure travelers
Eric Rosen is a Los Angeles-based travel writer who contributes regularly to National Geographic Traveler, Travel Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Bloomberg Son
Eric Rosen is a Los Angeles-based travel writer who contributes regularly to National Geographic Traveler, Travel Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Bloomberg His areas of focus include aviation, hospitality, luxury trends, food and wine He is also one of the country’s leading experts in loyalty programs for airlines, hotels and credit cards
World News – United States – New low-cost Avelo Airlines launches April 28 with fares of $ 19