Forbes: So what are Avelo’s most successful destinations?
Levy: Until the last couple of months, our biggest market was Burbank to Santa Rosa (Northern California wine country.) That has been eclipsed by Orlando to New Haven; we often have three flights a day.
Many people are commuting from Florida or have established residency there. [Avelo serves six cities in Florida.] So, there is more frequency of travel, there’s tax flight from the higher tax state, and people working remotely, in addition to leisure travel.
There is a huge amount of demand in South Connecticut. New Haven Tweed is a really easy airport to get in and out of. It’s one of the biggest parts of our network, with six flights a day to places like Savannah, Raleigh, Chicago Midway and Florida.
Forbes: Why has New Haven proved so successful?
Levy: Much of our customer base lives in Connecticut. That is our core traveler. We have found a huge market of affluent people who travel a lot and don’t like to schlep to LaGuardia or JFK. Tweed is a far more convenient alternative. Avelo is known in Connecticut, we have huge awareness there. Read More