Avelo Airlines, the 18-month-old United States airline, is inaugurating two new routes to Orlando International Airport (MCO) from Lansing, Michigan’s Capital Region International Airport (LAN), and Kalamazoo / Battle Creek International Airport (AZO). In the words of Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy, the routes will make “Getting to The Sunshine State more affordable and easier than ever.”

The new schedules

Below are the schedules of the new flights:

Kalamazoo / Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) to Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Effective October 28 (Mondays & Fridays) AZO-MCO 4:05 p.m. 6:35 p.m.
MCO-AZO 12:40 p.m. 3:20 p.m.
Effective November 11 (Mondays & Fridays) AZO-MCO 8:50 p.m. 11:20 p.m.
MCO-AZO 5:25 p.m. 8:05 p.m.

Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport (LAN) to Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Effective October 28 (Thursdays & Sundays) LAN-MCO 8:50 p.m. 11:30 p.m.
MCO-LAN 5:20 p.m. 8:05 p.m.

New Routes for a New Airline

Avelo Airlines’ new routes connecting Michigan’s Lansing and Kalamazoo with Orlando, Florida, are part of a business strategy. As Levy explained to Simple Flying earlier this year;

Fundamentally what we’re trying to do is find opportunities in the market where we can offer a differentiated product. And usually what that means, and in every case, actually, what it has meant and I think will continue is, is unique city pairs, or unique airport pairs at a minimum. So we’d like to fly where others aren’t, and we’d like to give customers more choice in the marketplace.

In statements announcing the new routes, Avelo pointed out that the airline is “flying unserved routes to primarily underserved communities” where “a small hometown airport” is at the end of each route. Such is the case with Michigan’s Capital Region International Airport and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. Both airports usually do not get Boeing 737 service.


Photo: Avelo Airlines

The airports’ leaders are ecstatic at the thought of getting Boeing 737 flights out of their airports. Capital Region Airport Authority (CRAA) President and CEO Nicole Noll-Williams, in an airline statement, said,

“We are so pleased to officially kick off our new nonstop service from LAN to Orlando with Avelo Airlines’ inaugural flight tonight, and to welcome Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy to our community to celebrate this occasion. The response from the community has already been tremendous, but now it’s important to keep that momentum going. Supporting local air travel and demonstrating to our airline partners that Lansing is a strong and vibrant market will create more travel opportunities for all of us.”


Photo: Avelo Airlines

For Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport Director Craig Williams said,

“Southwest Michiganders love traveling to Florida, and this nonstop service to Orlando is going to be very popular with our passengers. Avelo’s ultra-low fare pricing model makes a great vacation to the sun fun and affordable.”

Furthermore, Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin welcomed this with open arms saying,

“This is great news for the many Mid-Michiganders who travel south to Florida for spring break, to visit relatives, or simply to escape our cold winters. With nonstop service and affordable rates, this new route will save many Lansing residents either a long and pricey cab ride to Detroit or expensive extended parking. Investments like these in our area’s critical infrastructure are critical to making Lansing a destination for families and for growing our economy for our businesses, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work to strengthen our Capital Region International Airport.”

Avelo provides a unique service

For Avelo, cheap fares and reasonable checked luggage fees, seat preference, and more make this possible. Also, in its statements announcing the route, Avelo claimed,

“A year-to-date flight cancellation rate of 1% and an industry-leading year-to-date checked bag handling performance of 1.9 mishandled bags per 1,000 checked bags.”

Worth noting.

Will you fly on Avelo? If so, on these routes or where? Please share in the comments.

  • Avelo Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 N803XT

    Avelo Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier

    Hollywood Burbank Airport, Tweed New Haven Airport

    Year Founded:

    Andrew Levy

    United States

Source: simpleflying.com

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