Say Hey to Avelo, New Airline Bringing Direct Flights from Kalamazoo to Florida

KALAMAZOO, MI — Avelo Airways introduced Thursday that it’ll start flying direct from Kalamazoo to Orlando, Florida starting Wednesday, October 26.

Following the inaugural flight, the low-cost service, which launched in Burbank, California in April 2021, and later added bases in New Haven, Connecticut and Orlando, will fly between Orlando Worldwide Airport and Kalamazoo/Battle Worldwide Airport. Creek (AZO) on Friday and Monday.

The airline, which is now related to 29 airports throughout the nation, introduced earlier this week that it’ll additionally start nonstop service from the Capital Area Worldwide Airport to Orlando in October and can fly between the 2 locations on Thursdays and Sundays. .

Based by former Allegiant Air Chairman Andrew Levy, Avelo Airways will change into the third airline to fly to and from Kalamazoo, becoming a member of Delta, which flies to and from Detroit twice every day, and American, which flies to and from Chicago twice a day.

The full variety of flights on the airport has dropped significantly from pre-pandemic instances when the airport noticed 13 flights coming out and in every day, AZO Govt Director Craig Williams advised the Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive. Whereas Avelo will provide service in simply two days initially, he stated, that could possibly be expanded later.

“We’re down, actually with the mixture of COVID that began it, and now, the pilot scarcity that has made it troublesome for regional airways to get again into the market,” Williams stated. “These issues will not be distinctive to Kalamazoo. There are numerous small markets which were hit as airways attempt to get better from COVID after which get the double whammy of getting pilot shortages.”

Whereas many bigger airways have handled pilot shortages and cancellations, Jim Olson, Avelo’s chief communications officer, stated that is one thing the fledgling airline has been capable of keep away from based mostly on how the corporate has been constructing its mannequin and model. .

“We have canceled lower than 1% of our flights since we began flying,” Olson stated, including that the airline’s base mannequin is for every crew to fly instantly from their base to the vacation spot and again day by day, which permits them to sleep in their very own beds

That transfer additionally permits the airline to save lots of prices on lodging crews in motels in numerous cities throughout the nation every evening, which in flip permits them to supply low fares to vacationers.

As for low fares, vacationers all for flying from Lansing or Kalamazoo to Orlando earlier than February 15, 2023 can reap the benefits of introductory fares of simply $59 every means in the event that they guide earlier than midnight on August 2.

Common service between Lansing and Orlando begins Thursday, October 27, and repair between Kalamazoo and Orlando begins Friday, October 28. Prospects could make reservations at AveloAir.com.

Flights will depart AZO at 8:50 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, arriving in Orlando at 11:20 p.m. Flights to Kalamazoo will depart Orlando at 5:25 p.m. and arrive in Kalamazoo at 8:05 p.m.

Flights leaving Lansing depart at 8:50 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in Orlando at 11:30 p.m. Flights to Lansing will depart Orlando at 5:20 p.m. on these days and arrive in Lansing at 8:00 p.m. 05 p.m.

In a single day flights out of smaller regional airports permit individuals to proceed working through the day earlier than leaving for an extended weekend within the solar, Olson stated.

“Our mission assertion is about inspiring journey and we try this by making journey extra inexpensive and simpler, and we’re excited to deliver that ease and affordability of dependable journey to the Kalamazoo and Lansing areas,” he stated. “We love small-town airports.

“We wish to fly to locations like Orlando as a result of that is the place individuals need to fly, however basically, if you happen to have a look at our route maps, a lot of the locations we fly to are secondary airports in huge markets, like Burbank, which is within the shadow of Los Angeles Worldwide, but it surely’s a way more handy and pleasant airport than LAX. We actually have a bias in direction of locations which can be uncared for or uncared for and Kalamazoo was not served by Florida.”

The brand new routes will function on Boeing Subsequent-Era 737 plane and clients will be capable of select to pay extra, sometimes $11 to $30 extra, for upgraded seating choices that embrace additional legroom or pre-booked window or aisle seats. Olson stated. .

Checked baggage and carry-ons are $40 per bag, and carry-ons that match below the seat are free.

Avelo additionally gives versatile journey scheduling with no change or cancellation charges.

Williams welcomed the addition of Avelo to the AZO household, stating that he feels the transfer will likely be a win-win for each the airport and the airline, and that when the airport has served Florida previously it has confirmed profitable.

He additionally stated the airport continues to spice up flights to Charlotte, North Carolina’s American Airways hub because of a $1 million grant it obtained from the US Division of Transportation final summer season; nonetheless, the airline has no plans so as to add providers at the moment.

“This is a vital metropolis that will join the neighborhood to the second largest hub in the USA,” Williams stated Thursday. “We proceed to pursue it and would use our Small Neighborhood Air Providers Growth Grant funds to make this occur.”

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