Avelo launches nonstop services to Vegas and LA from Salem/Portland

Close up of an Avelo Airlines 737
Photo Credit: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Avelo

US ultra-low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines has exciting news for the residents of the greater Salem/Portland region. The airline has announced exclusive nonstop services from Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) to two popular destinations: Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

First commercial service in 15 years


This announcement is something of a milestone as Avelo becomes the first commercial airline to serve Salem Municipal Airport in almost 15 years.

Moreover, Avelo is the only airline offering nonstop flights from SLE to the Entertainment Capital of the World and Southern California.

Salem, strategically located in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, is surrounded by nearly 100 cities, including prominent ones like Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Beaverton.

With 70% of Oregon’s population residing in the Valley, Avelo’s new service at Salem Municipal Airport brings unparalleled convenience for travelers heading to Southern California and Las Vegas.

Flight commencements


Beginning on October 5, 2023, Avelo will operate twice-weekly nonstop flights on Thursdays and Sundays between Salem and Las Vegas.

Additionally, the airline will offer twice-weekly nonstop service on Fridays and Mondays between Salem and Burbank Airport (BUR) starting from October 6, 2023.

It should also be noted that the Salem-Burbank route will shift to Thursdays and Sundays from November 2. To provide a comfortable and reliable travel experience, Avelo will deploy its Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 aircraft on both routes.

Andrew Levy, the Chairman and CEO of Avelo Airlines, expressed his excitement about the new service, saying, “Salem – say hello to Avelo! We are excited to announce nonstop service from the greater Salem/Portland region to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.”

“As the first airline to serve the Capital City in nearly 15 years, Avelo makes getting to your favorite destinations easier and more affordable than ever.”

“Say goodbye to the hassle of long and expensive gas-guzzling drives to other distant airports, and say hello to a new era of convenience, low fares, and reliability.”

Local officials’ comments


Local officials and community leaders have also expressed their enthusiasm for the introduction of commercial air service at Salem Municipal Airport.

Salem Mayor Chris Hoy sees this as a positive development for the city’s future, making it easier for residents to invest in their community and access global travel opportunities.

Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron acknowledges the airport’s significance as an alternative option for commercial flights, which contributes to the economic development of the region.

Tom Hoffert, the CEO of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, highlights the community’s support and anticipates positive outcomes for the local economy with the restoration of commercial flights to SLE.

Angie Villery, CEO of Travel Salem, expresses gratitude for the collective effort to bring back commercial air service to the capital city and commends the support from various sectors, including the tourism, hospitality, and private industries.

The revival of commercial flights to Salem Municipal Airport is a testament to the perseverance and commitment of those involved in the project.

It not only offers convenience and accessibility to residents but also fosters economic growth, strengthens regional connectivity, and enhances the reputation of Salem as a vital hub in Oregon.

With Avelo Airlines leading the way, Salem is poised to become an even more vibrant and thriving destination.

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