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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Avelo announces more nonstop flights to Florida

Avelo has added two new nonstop Florida flights: West Palm Beach and Tampa. (Courtesy Avelo)

WILMINGTON — Avelo Airlines, which began servicing Wilmington travelers last year, announced more flights out of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) Thursday.

“We’re growing again,” Avelo CEO and chairman Andrew Levy said in a release.

READ MORE: More terminal space, parking deck part of ILM’s $165M five-year plan

The airline has added two new nonstop Florida flights: West Palm Beach and Tampa. Avelo will begin the service to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) this summer, on June 22 and 23 respectively. One-way fees begin at $29.

Travelers will board a Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft to the destinations.

Avelo is also doubling its frequency to Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting June 22. It will fly to Orlando four times-weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.

“It’s amazing to think that just a year ago we had no service to Florida and now, with these new flights to Tampa and West Palm Beach — along with Orlando and Fort Lauderdale — we have four convenient flights to Florida,” ILM director Jeff Bourk said.

The additions bring Avelo’s service to six nonstop destinations from ILM. Beyond Florida, Avelo flies to Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) and Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland (BWI).

The announcement comes on the heels of ILM releasing its vision plan, revealed earlier this month. It includes adding another terminal and parking deck in the next five years.

Some improvements are coming this year as well, such as a 100-space new parking lot by spring, with hundreds more spaces by the end of the year. Dunkin’ Donuts and Jimmy Johns, plus new retail branded as “The Market at ILM” will open in the current terminal in 2023.

In 2022, ILM cleared its 2019 passengership for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, serving just over 1 million travelers. Bourk told PCD earlier this month ILM expects a 15% increase this year, servicing 150,000 more people.

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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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