Despite the pandemic doing its utmost to all but cancel travel plans and dash the vacation hopes for millions of Americans, there have been signs of encouragement from American travelers in recent months. From airlines adding new domestic and international routes, to the CDC declaring vaccinated travel to be low-risk, summer getaways might just be on the cards for US-based travelers – and they might be doing so on brand new airlines.
Two airlines are set to launch in the US in the coming months – Avelo Airlines and Breeze Airways – coming just as Americans are getting the taste for travel once more. Here’s what we know about their industry newcomers so far.
Avelo Airlines – A New Name In Low-Cost Travel
Avelo Airlines might be a new name in the travel circuit, but it is backed by a wealth of experience that should see it take off smoothly. The airline was founded by Andrew Levy, former co-founder and president of Allegiant Air, and once the CFO of industry heavyweights United Airlines.
Based out of Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Levy talked up his choice of base, stating that:
“No airport is closer to downtown L.A., Hollywood, Pasadena, and Southern California’s many other attractions than Burbank. As the San Fernando Valley’s hometown airport, Burbank will give you easy access to an abundance of beautiful and relaxing new non-stop destinations across California and the Western U.S. And for those considering LA for their next vacation or long weekend getaway, Burbank is the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to Greater L.A., and the world-famous fun-in-the-sun activities Southern California is known for.”
The airline is to be very attractively priced, with fares expected to start from just $18, and will carry passengers on 189-seater Boeing 737-800 planes. Whilst a full list of destinations is yet to be published, those confirmed already include Arcata-Eureka, CA (ACV); Bend-Redmond, OR (RDM); Bozeman, MT (BZN); Eugene, OR (EUG); Grand Junction, CO (GJT); Medford, OR (MFR); Pasco, WA (PSC); Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (AZA); Ogden, UT (OGD); Redding, CA (RDD) and Santa Rosa, CA (STS).
Only Santa Rose and Phoenix-Mesa will operate daily, with the other routes to feature three to four flights per week. As is typical with budget airlines, charges will be added for amenities such as checked baggage and priority boarding. Avelo will start flying on April 28th.
Breeze Airways – Coming Soon
Breeze Airways is another new low-cost airline that is expected to start operations in the next few months. Based in Salt Lake City, it has been founded by former WestJet and Morris Air founded David Neelaman.
Breeze’s modus operandi will be to focus on smaller destinations, and those that other airlines have pulled back from as a result of the pandemic. The airline is waiting to receive its final certification from the FAA in the next month or so, after which it will announce its start date and which routes it will serve.
The airline will fly Airbus A220 aircraft, as well as two Embraer planes, and will paint them in metallic blue in the hopes of separating themselves from the crowd. Breeze hopes to provide a great flight experience for all customers, and will offer flexible booking and the option of being able to bring on board one free personal item for passengers.
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