Hello, Avelo! Avelo Airlines Announces New East Coast Base In Wilmington, Delaware

An Avelo Airlines jet climbs out after take off.
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LONDON – Avelo Airlines, in partnership with the Delaware River and Bay Authority, will open its fourth base in Delaware at the Wilmington-New Castle Airport next February, restoring commercial airline service to the state once again.

The new base will unlock a new era of affordable, convenient and reliable air service for the Delaware Valley Region.

The airline will initially serve five non-stop Florida destinations from Wilmington-New Castle Airport (ILG): Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Very low introductory one-way fares starting at $49.

Avelo will initially base one Boeing 737-800NG at ILG. Avelo currently operates 11 of this aircraft model, and expects to add another three more by the end of the year. By March 2023, the airliner expects to have 16 aircrafts operating across its nationwide network.

According to airline industry reports, Avelo CEO Andrew Levy, who previously served as a top executive at rival low-cost carrier Allegiant Air, had eyed Wilmington previously as a target for his startup airline.

In September, the Delaware River & Bay Authority board unanimously approved an initial one-year contract with Avelo, with nine additional annual renewal options built in if the service succeeds.

The contract includes an air service incentive agreement and terminal and airfield use permits with the Delaware River & Bay Authority, the bistate agency that manages the largest commercial airport in Delaware.

Executive Statements

Avelo Airlines Founder, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “The Delaware Valley region wants and deserves more affordable, convenient and reliable air travel. Avelo was founded with a simple purpose – to Inspire Travel.”

“Our very low fares and nonstop flights to five sun-soaked Florida destinations coupled with the fast and seamless experience at Wilmington Airport will make traveling easier than ever.”

“We appreciate the warm reception and support Avelo is receiving from Delaware Governor John Carney, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and so many other government and business leaders here. We look forward to welcoming everyone aboard Avelo’s first ILG flight in February.”

Delaware Governor John Carney said, “We’ve made significant infrastructure investments across our state, and we’re pleased to have Avelo join us here in Delaware. Avelo will provide Delawareans and visitors a convenient way to travel. Thank you to Avelo for choosing Delaware.”

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said, “Wilmington Airport has tremendous potential to be an economic driver in our County. We welcome Avelo to our community to provide reliable and fast service to our residents and look forward to further growth opportunities.”

Delaware River & Bay Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Cook said, “Wilmington Airport’s excellent location along the busy I-95 corridor, along with the lowest cost operating environment of any airport in the United States, offer customers the opportunity to forego the stress, expense and hassles of a big city airport.”

“Avelo Airlines also recognizes the benefits that Wilmington Airport offers and is looking to be part of our community. It’s a great day for Delaware and more importantly, for travelers who are looking for affordable, convenient commercial air service options.”

Service schedule from Wilmington

Orlando (MCO)

The airline will have its special inaugural flight on Wednesday, February 1st 2023. The route will be then effective from February 3rd and will run on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

Effective February 2, 2023 – Thursdays and Sundays

Tampa (TPA)

Effective February 2, 2023 – Thursdays and Sundays

Fort Myers (RSW)

Effective February 3, 2023 – Mondays and Fridays

West Palm Beach (PBI)

Effective February 4, 2023 – Wednesday and Saturdays


Over time, Avelo expects to serve hundreds of thousands of Customers at ILG. Avelo will create 35 jobs to start, including crew members, customer service, flight attendants, pilots, technical operations and maintenance. In addition to benefits, Avelo crew members have access to a job-readiness training program called “Avelo University.”

With the ultra low cost carrier only commencing operations last year, they are making good progress with the expansion of bases, routes and jobs.

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