MIAMI – Avelo Airlines (XP) has revealed it will create an East Coast base in New Haven, Connecticut and begin flying out of there later this year.

Avelo Airlines, which had its inaugural flight just last week, is ready to announce its next expansion. The carrier currently flies to several destinations out of Burbank (BUR) using Boeing 737-800s. Now, America’s newest mainline carrier in 15 years, will create a base in Tweed New Haven Airport.

According to the press release, Avelo Airlines will make a $60 million investment in the community by basing three Boeing 737-700s by the end of the year and hiring over 100 employees. Avelo will begin flying out of the airport by the third quarter of 2021. Additionally, the airline will provide $1.2 million to help fund improvements at HVN’s existing west terminal.

Avelo Airlines N802XT Boeing 737-800 | Photo: Luca Flores/Airways

Growing New Haven Airport

New Haven Airport currently sees service from only American Airlines (AA) to its Philadelphia hub. This new service from Avelo represents the next step towards expanding HVN.

“For years people have talked about improving this airport to meet the needs of this region and now it’s finally coming to fruition,” said Sean Scanlon, Director of the Tweed Airport Authority. “This historic and exciting project is about more than just offering much-desired new flights and expanded service. This project is about generating significant economic activity in greater New Haven, creating thousands of good-paying local jobs and building one of the country’s first truly sustainable airports.”

Avports LLC is set to create a new carbon neutral-terminal at HVN and also lengthen the existing runway to allow for more direct flights.

“We are very excited to partner with HVN as we begin to build our East Coast operations. Our surprisingly low fares and refreshingly smooth travel experience are sure to be embraced by residents of Southern Connecticut,” said Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. “Tweed New Haven has enormous potential, and our first East Coast base is great news for Avelo, New Haven, East Haven and other local communities.”

More details of Avelo’s New Haven base, including destinations, will be announced in the coming months.

Featured Image: Avelo Airlines N802XT Boeing 737-800. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways