New Low-Cost Carrier Avelo Launches Out of Burbank Airport

New Low-Cost Carrier Avelo Launches Out of Burbank Airport
Joe Cortez

A new airline focused on the mountain-west region is offering low fares out of the Los Angeles region with 11 unique routes. Avelo will operate their first commercial flight on April 28, 2021, lead by former and senior executives from seven different successful airlines.

Flyers in the greater Los Angeles region will have a new regional option to 11 destinations in the mountain-west region. Launching out of Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Avelo opened for business at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2021, and will fly their first unserved route out of the airport on April 28, 2021.

Avelo to Fly 11 Routes Aboard Boeing 737-800 Aircraft, With a Team of Executives from Seven Airlines

America’s newest airline is lead by chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. Prior to launching Avelo, he was the co-founder and president of Allegiant Air, and previously the chief financial officer of United Airlines. Joining him in the executive suite are former leaders from other major carriers, including Frontier Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines.

The carrier will focus on low-cost operations, operating their routes flying on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The first cities to be connected from the airline are:

  • Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) in California
  • Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Oregon
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)
  • Eugene Airport (EUG) in Oregon
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) in Colorado
  • Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Oregon
  • Pasco Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) in Washington
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA)
  • Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD)
  • Redding Municipal Airport (RDD) in California
  • Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS) in California

While the introductory airfares will start at $19, options will add to the ticket price quickly. While the aircraft will feature 129 standard, slimline seats with 29 inches of pitch, reserved seating will start at $5 each. Those who want more legroom can book a seat with up to 38 inches of seat pitch, starting at $18.

The first checked bag on the flight costs $10, cheaper than carrying on an overhead bag for $35. Flyers can also add priority boarding for an additional $10, or fly with their four-legged friend in the cabin for an additional $95.

In their press announcement, Levy says flyers are looking for more consumer choice. Operating out of Fodor’s Travel “Best U.S. Airport” in 2019, the carrier says they will focus on giving an alternative to the major carriers with lower fares.

“After more than 20 years of steadily shrinking consumer choice, the American flying public wants and deserves more options and lower fares,” Levy said in a press release. “Avelo offers both — along with a refreshingly smooth and convenient experience.”

Avelo Second Low-Cost Leisure Carrier to Announce Operations in 2021

With their official launch, Avelo will become the second leisure-focused carrier to start operations in 2021. In February 2021, Breeze Airways announced clearance to operate up to 22 commercial aircraft, with operations based out of Salt Lake City.

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