Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport will be one of 11 destinations served by Avelo Airlines, a new commercial carrier with a low-cost business model focused on the western United States The airline and airport made the announcement today

“We are the inaugural flight and destination, so it’s very exciting from an airport operations perspective,” said Jon Stout, Airport Manager

Avelo will become the fourth commercial airline to serve the Sonoma County facility, joining Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines, the latter of which is scheduled to resume flights on June 3 after taking a hiatus in November due to the pandemic

Burbank-based Avelo Airlines will make its first round-trip flight on April 28, with reservations available from today

“It’s been almost 15 years since a new carrier entered the market, so it’s not something that happens often,” Stout said

Andrew Levy, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Avelo Airlines, has previously held leadership positions in the industry, including as co-founder and chairman of Allegiant Airlines and CFO of United Airlines – two already familiar commercial carriers with Sonoma County Airport

This familiarity was a plus, but not the main reason Sonoma County Airport was among the chosen destinations, according to Stout

Avelo Airlines is focused on the leisure market and what is known as the aftermarket – areas close to major airports Sonoma County does the trick on both fronts, as a popular destination in the region vineyard and close to San Francisco International Airport

Meanwhile, passenger volume for March at the Sonoma County airport is expected to be released on Friday, Stout said Although passenger numbers so far this year have been low, Stout said last month he was seeing signs of an increase in air traffic, including more cars in the parking lot and more passengers getting off. planes

Stout said on Thursday that the deal with Avelo Airlines has been going on for some time, but with a nondisclosure agreement

“They were secret because of the competition,” he noted. “They didn’t want other carriers to have too long a time to respond to what they planned”

A similar carrier, Breeze Airways, is also entering the market, but initially flies to the East Coast market, Stout said

Avelo is backed by $ 125 million in private equity, according to its press release, and will begin operations with three 189-seat single-class Boeing 737-800s from its initial base at Hollywood Burbank Airport

The airline’s initial direct routes also included Arcata / Eureka and Redding; three markets in Oregon (Bend, Eugene and Medford), as well as Bozeman, Montana; Grand Junction, Colorado; Pasco, Washington; Ogden, Utah; and Phoenix, Arizona

The company said it plans to operate a fleet of at least six next-gen 737s by the end of the year

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