Avelo Airlines adds tropical destinations at Wilmington Airport

Avelo Airlines Boeing 737s parked at the terminal.
Mx. Granger, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

A network expansion at Wilmington Airport (ILG) will see Avelo Airlines offer Delaware residents two new nonstop routes to the sunny destinations of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.

This move positions Avelo Airlines as the first carrier to offer nonstop flights from Wilmington Airport (ILG) to destinations outside the continental United States.

This new route service is set to transform ILG into a convenient, affordable, and travel-friendly alternative to the bustling Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

New Routes, New Horizons

Come November, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque beaches and vibrant culture of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as the laid-back charm of Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, all through Avelo Airlines’ new nonstop routes.

The airline’s commitment to affordable travel is evident in the special introductory one-way fares, starting at just $99 for San Juan and $49 for Sarasota-Bradenton.

Avelo Airlines’ inaugural flight to San Juan is scheduled for November 15, 2023, with nonstop service offered twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Similarly, the airline will begin servicing Sarasota-Bradenton on November 2, 2023, offering twice-weekly flights on Thursdays and Sundays.


These flights will be operated using the modern and spacious Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft, each accommodating up to 189 passengers. These aircraft are conveniently stationed at ILG.

A Celebration of Partnerships

The news of this remarkable expansion was greeted with enthusiasm and celebration at Wilmington Airport. A beachfront-themed community ceremony, complete with palm trees, Puerto Rican delicacies, and lively drummers and dancers, marked the announcement.

Notable figures, including Delaware Governor John Carney, Avelo Airlines’ Head of People and Customer Experience Vicky Stennes, and Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) executives, were present to commemorate this significant milestone.

Avelo Airlines statement

Avelo Airlines’ Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Andrew Levy, expressed excitement about this expansion, highlighting the airline’s dedication to delivering a smooth and affordable travel experience.

He acknowledged ILG’s role in enabling this new era of friendly and reliable air travel, emphasizing the ease with which friends and families can now reconnect through Avelo’s services.

With its strong ties to the Puerto Rican community, Avelo aims to facilitate travel between the Delaware Valley region and the Caribbean.

As winter approaches, the addition of San Juan and Sarasota to Avelo’s route map showcases the airline’s commitment to inspiring travel across the region, offering an enticing selection of destinations.

Avelo's One-Millionth Passenger out of Connecticut Airport
Photo Credit: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo

Supporting statements

Governor John Carney expressed gratitude for Avelo’s expansion, emphasizing the benefits it brings to both residents and visitors of Delaware.

U.S. Senator Tom Carper echoed these sentiments, highlighting the economic advantages and travel opportunities this expansion brings to the region. Thomas J. Cook, Executive Director of DRBA, highlighted the historic significance of ILG now offering nonstop service beyond the continental United States.

India Colon-Diaz, Vice President of Nuestras Raíces, commended Avelo Airlines’ growth and emphasized the positive impact it will have on Delaware Valley’s multi-cultural and family travelers.

As Avelo Airlines continues to redefine travel options from ILG, the expansion to San Juan and Sarasota-Bradenton stands as a testament to the airline’s commitment to providing convenient, affordable, and exciting travel experiences for all.

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