Avelo Airlines opened its sixth U.S. base Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) today. The travel-inspiring airline’s second West Coast base is Avelo’s latest investment in bringing affordable, convenient and reliable air service to unserved and underserved communities across the country.
The new base is a homecoming of sorts for CEO Andrew Levy, who was a cofounder and served as longtime president of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air. During his 14 years with Allegiant, he helped build one of America’s most successful airlines. At Avelo, Levy is joined by other former Allegiant leaders, including Chief Operating Officer Greg Baden who hosted today’s opening ceremony at LAS.
Avelo this week inaugurates three new routes and expands another, with two more routes beginning in mid-September and early-October. Avelo will be the only airline flying nonstop between LAS and these six destinations:
- Bend / Redmond, Ore. (RDM) — The first flight is today, September 7, 2023, with twice weekly service on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Sonoma / Santa Rosa, Calif. (STS) — Starting September 8, 2023, Avelo will double the flight frequency of service on this route to four days per week (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays).
- Brownsville, Texas (BRO) — The first flight is tomorrow, September 8, 2023, with twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays.
- Eureka / Arcata, Calif. (ACV) — The first flight is tomorrow, September 8, 2023, with twice weekly service on Mondays and Fridays.
- Dubuque, Iowa (DBQ) — The first flight is next week, September 13, 2023, with twice weekly service on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Portland / Salem, Ore. (SLE) — The first flight is October 5, 2023, with twice weekly service on Thursdays and Sundays.
Las Vegas joins Avelo’s five existing bases at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR); Orlando International Airport (MCO); Philadelphia / Delaware Valley’s Wilmington Airport (ILG); Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU); and Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). Avelo’s new LAS base debuts today, coinciding with the inauguration of Avelo’s six new destinations.
Avelo is initially basing one 147-seat Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737-700 at LAS.
Avelo reported that since it began serving The Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World in October 2021, Avelo has achieved a nearly perfect, 99.34% completion factor – cancelling less than 1% of its LAS flights over the past 11 months. Avelo also ranks #1 for completion factor to date in 2023. Additionally, Avelo ranks #2 in the U.S in on-time performance, making travel as simple, convenient and reliable as possible.
Avelo plans to hire LAS-based Crewmembers, including pilots, flight attendants, aircraft maintenance technicians and supervisors. The airline has hired approximately 50 LAS-based Crewmembers (employees) with more career opportunities still available. Avelo is considering adding a second 737 in 2024, enabling additional destinations and LAS-based jobs.