Avelo Airlines aims to add Tweed airport planes, destinations, officials say

NEW HAVEN — In its first 100 days serving Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, Avelo Airlines has spurred the creation of 100 new jobs at more than $20 million in local economic impact, within additional destinations coming soon, Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said.

During the next few months, the airline plans to double both the size of its fleet in New Haven — to six airplanes — and the amount of local people it employs to more than 200, as it adds several new routes, the first two of which will be to non-Florida destinations, Avelo’s spokesman said Friday.

“We’re grateful and we’re honored to be part of this resurgence of Tweed New Haven,” Avelo spokesman Jim Olson said at a press conference marking Avelo’s first 100 days serving Tweed as its first East Coast base.

“What I’m really excited about is” the fact that in the near future, “we’ll going to be adding several new destinations … and as much as we love Florida, these destinations” are going to be to places other than Florida, he said.

“We’re very pleased with the initial” 100 days, Olson said.

During Avelo’s first three months of service, it flew nearly 70,000 customers on nearly 600 flights to and from New Haven, Levy said.