Avelo Airlines, a fast-growing carrier in the region, announced plans to open a new base of operations at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The base will be the fourth of Connecticut-based airlines, joining Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) in Los Angeles, Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) in southern Connecticut and Orlando International Airport (MCO). ). The new Southwest Florida International (RSW) base will create 35 jobs, according to a statement.
“Opening Avelo’s fourth base in Fort Myers this fall will allow us to serve more destinations, add more flights, operate more aircraft, fly more customers and employ more of crew members,” Avelo Airlines President and CEO Andrew Levy said in the statement. “Based on the success of our initial route between southern Connecticut and Fort Myers, we have announced four additional destinations that will fly from RSW this fall, creating a significant source of new visitors to Southwest Florida. This n is just the beginning.”
Over time, Avelo plans to fly hundreds of thousands of visitors to Fort Myers each year from cities currently without nonstop service to Southwest Florida, officials said. The new positions will be a combination of Avelo crew members and jobs with Avelo business partners operating at RSW. Roles will include airport customer service, aircraft technical operations and maintenance, pilots, flight attendants and supervisors.
“Following the recent announcement of nonstop flights to four new markets from Southwest Florida International Airport, we are delighted to see that Avelo Airlines will also be investing in job creation at RSW to support their operations in Fort Myers,” Lee County Port Authority Executive Director Ben Siegel said in the statement.
Beginning November 10, Avelo will serve four additional destinations from RSW: Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU); Binghamton, New York, (BGM); and two cities in Michigan: Kalamazoo (AZO) and Lansing (LAN).