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Avelo Airlines is a low-cost carrier that launched in 2021 and has been quickly growing. The airline operates a fleet of modern Boeing 737 aircraft and serves destinations across the United States. Avelo competes with Spirit Airways, Breeze Airways, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.
Today, the carrier announced that it is adding two new routes from Salem Municipal Airport (SLE). Avelo Airlines will begin flying to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Both of these routes will be flown 2x weekly. The flights to Las Vegas begin on October 5th and Burbank starts on October 6th.
Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) has not been supported by a major airline since Delta Air Lines pulled out in 2008 when it offered service from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
Incentives of course play a key role in securing this new service. SLE received an $850,000 SCASD grant last year and there’s $350,000+ in local funding + waived fees at the airport.
SLE has been working on restoring air service for a while, so this is a huge win for them.
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) July 13, 2023
Ishrion Aviation reported on Twitter that incentives are playing a role in adding this service. Salem Municipal Airport (SLE) received an $850,000 SCASD grant last year. There is also $350,000+ in local funding and waived fees at the airport.
Salem is in the heart of the Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which is home to nearly 100 cities, including Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Beaverton. 70% of Oregon’s population lives in the Valley and Avelo’s new flights make getting to Southern California and Las Vegas convenient.
Anthony’s Take: Avelo Airlines continues to expand. I’ll have to fly them at some point to review the experience. It’s always great to see underserved areas connected with new flight launches.
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