US carrier Avelo Airlines will further build on strong developing demand it has generated within its first three months of service at Delaware’s Wilmington Airport (ILG).
The airline will nearly triple its network services, supported by the addition of a second based aircraft.
The airline has announced its plans to add nine new nonstop destinations from ILG this summer. This represents the near tripling of its network from 5 to 14 routes. It also becomes the largest number of destinations ever offered that Wilmington Airport.
The addition of a second Boeing 737 at its Wilmington base will further support this significant network expansion.
To support the additional aircraft and flights, Avelo also expects to hire at least 35 new ILG-based Crewmembers, including pilots, flight attendants, airport customer service Crewmembers, aircraft maintenance technicians and supervisors.
The additional jobs, coupled with Avelo’s existing 75 ILG-based Crewmembers will grow Avelo’s Wilmington-based part-time and fulltime employment to more than 100 Crewmembers.
Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “The strong demand we are generating out of the gate is a testament to the convenient, affordable, reliable and caring air service Avelo has introduced to the Delaware Valley.”
“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.”
“We’re just getting started and our partnership with the DRBA, as well as leaders, organizations and communities from across the region, keeps getting stronger at every turn.”
“I’m especially thankful for our dedicated and caring ILG-based Crewmembers who have brought Avelo’s presence here to life and look forward to welcoming even more folks to our team in the weeks and months ahead,” he concluded.
Three months of operations at Wilmington
Avelo Airlines took flight from ILG on February 1, 2023. In the three months to date, it has now flown more than 25,000 Customers on more than 230 flights in and out of ILG.
The airline initially based one 149-seat Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737-700 at ILG, serving five nonstop Florida destinations.
Earlier this month, Avelo replaced this aircraft with a larger 189-seat Boeing NG 737-800, adding more capacity at ILG. Effective June 22, 2023, Avelo will base a second 737-800 at ILG, which will support the proposed network expansion.
Delaware Governor John Carney said, “We are grateful that Avelo will be expanding service here in Delaware, and we are excited to welcome more visitors to the First State. Thank you to Avelo for your continued partnership, and for providing passengers from our region with an affordable and convenient way to travel.”
About Avelo Airlines
Operating a fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves 43 popular destinations across the U.S.
It operates from five bases at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Orlando International Airport (MCO), the Delaware Valley’s Wilmington Airport (ILG) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).