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ILM to FLL: Avelo Airlines expands service to Florida

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WILMINGTON — Less than a month after launching its first flight out of Wilmington International Airport (ILM), low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines is adding a fourth route, its second to the Sunshine State from the Port City.

As of Nov. 11, travelers will be able to board a Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft — comfortably seating 147 people — for nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Fares will start at $39.

READ MORE: ILM adds low-cost carrier, more nonstop routes

“With this addition, we now have new nonstop service to South Florida, which is our top unserved market,” ILM airport director Jeff Bourk said in a press release.

Avelo started in L.A. in April 2021 with a focus on offering value service at smaller, secondary airports. It has three hubs in Burbank, New Haven and Orlando and currently serves 27 destinations. Out of ILM, passengers can fly to Orlando, New Haven and Baltimore/D.C.

The addition of the FLL flight will take place twice a week, on Monday and Friday, with a 9:35 a.m. departure time out of ILM and departure out of FLL at 12:20 p.m.

To keep prices low, Avelo’s business model comprises an “a la carte” way of traveling. The starting costs include a one-way seat and the airline doesn’t charge fees to change or cancel flights. Prices increase with the addition of checking luggage or bringing carry-on bags and pets, or requesting priority boarding. 

Located 25 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is home to 24 miles of beaches and boasts around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Its luxury hotels and accommodations, museums, nightlife, shopping, casinos and family-friendly fun — snorkeling scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding — make it a top destination for vacationers.

Yet, its 600,000-square-foot convention center attracts 3.5 million people annually for business and trade.

It’s also home to the third largest cruise port worldwide, Port Everglades.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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