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Inaugural ILM to FLL Avelo flight takes off Friday

Avelo Airlines hosts its inaugural flight from ILM to FLL on Friday, marking its fourth destination from the Wilmington Airport. (Courtesy Avelo Airlines)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington International Airport officially introduced another destination through its recently added low-cost carrier, Avelo Airlines.

Friday marks the inaugural flight from ILM to Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International Airport, the second nonstop route to the Sunshine state.

READ MORE: ILM to FLL: Avelo Airlines expands service to Florida

Avelo launched about a year and a half ago and announced in April it would be joining ILM with three nonstop destinations at a bargain price. Starting July 1, travelers could book flights to New Haven, Orlando and Baltimore/D.C.

A month later, Avelo revealed it was adding a fourth route. Passengers can now board a Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, comfortably seating around 147 people, with fares starting at $39.

“Our Wilmington customers already know that Avelo is the most convenient and affordable way to travel,” Avelo chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said in a press release. “Now flying to Fort Lauderdale is easier than ever — whether for vacation, a weekend getaway, or reconnecting with family and friends.”

The Fort Lauderdale flight will take off from ILM twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays at 9:35 a.m. out of ILM and departing from FLL at 12:20 p.m.

As of September, ILM passenger numbers are up 116% from 2019, with 51,548 travelers flying out of the Cape Fear. For the last six months, the local airport has surpassed state and U.S. numbers in its return to pre-pandemic enplanements.

ILM officials don’t anticipate slowing down either, estimating 143,000 available seats on flights leaving Wilmington by March 2023.

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