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Amid music and cake, Avelo Airlines launches New Haven route from TPA

Celebrating with cake, live guitar music and t-shirt giveaways, Tampa International Airport on Monday evening greeted its first Avelo Airlines passengers on a never-before-served route to New Haven, Connecticut.

For Southern Connecticut residents, the new service now offers nonstop and convenient access to beaches, Tampa businesses and the heart of the west coast of Florida. For Tampa travelers, it offers another option to visit the Northeast tri-state area and another nonstop flight to the greater New York City region.

“It has been a real privilege to work with the entire Avelo team to get ready for today’s launch,” said Chris Minner, TPA Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, who touted the Tampa Bay area’s beautiful beaches and sunny locale as a draw for those coming from the Northeast. “To everyone who is a passenger on today’s flight, we want to thank you for choosing Avelo and Tampa International Airport.”

Avelo Airlines, a new carrier that first launched in the skies this past April, began nonstop service to Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) beginning with fares starting as low as $59. The airline, known to "inspire travel through everyday low fares," was founded by Andrew Levy, a former Chief Financial Officer at United Airlines and co-founder of Allegiant Air.

"We are looking forward to bringing more choice, affordability and the Avelo Soul of Service to Tampa," said Levy, who serves as Avelo's Chairman and CEO. "With nonstop flights to one of the area's most hassle-free airports, travelers from Tampa will now have a smoother way to visit Southern Connecticut and experience all the region has to offer."

The service uses Boeing Next Generation 737-700 aircraft and operates Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, now bookable through www.aveloair.com. 

With the addition of new flights aboard Avelo, Tampa International Airport currently serves more than 80 destinations across the globe. Passenger numbers have rebounded strongly since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with TPA's growth outpacing the national average. TPA expects to be at or ahead of its pre-COVID airline seat capacity this upcoming holiday season.