When Avelo opened its operations at Wilmington, Delaware in February 2023 CEO Andrew Levy promised this time things really would be different for the airport. After myriad misfires from different airlines over the years, however, it appears Levy is sticking to his word. The airline will base a second plane in Wilmington from June, adding nine new routes across five states.
We are pleased with the enthusiastic reception Avelo has received since our airline took flight here in February. Based on this initial Customer response to our first five Florida routes, we are excited to bring Wilmington these nine new routes to several of our most popular East Coast destinations.– Andrew Levy, Avelo CEO
It is no surprise to see a couple additional Florida markets (Daytona Beach, Melbourne) among the new routes. Those seats are typically easy to fill. In an interview during the inaugural Wilmington-Orlando flight in February Levy also offered up the observation, “[A] lot of people up in New Haven like Myrtle Beach and Savannah and Charleston and Nashville. So those are some examples of markets we could fly into Wilmington. As long as we believe that the demand is there.” Indeed, those are four of the markets that are now on the map.
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina will also see service added. And, in a particularly fun for AvGeeks move, the carrier will now operate a Wilmington to Wilmington route, connecting the Delaware and North Carolina versions twice weekly. This joins Breeze‘s Charleston shuttle between the South Carolina and West Virginia cities as routes flying between same-name markets.
It is (obviously) far too early to call the Avelo era at Wilmington a success. But it is clear the carrier is treating the market differently than those who came before. Back in February Levy noted that Avelo was flying to markets that had not seen service from Wilmington for decades, if ever. “We’re serving different markets than others have done. And so we feel really optimistic about what’s going to work. It will take time, but we think it’s going to work really well.”
And, at least for now, the company is willing to let that clock run and see how the market evolves.
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