- October 9, 2020
Avelo Airlines, a fast-growing carrier in the region, has announced plans to open a new base of operations at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
The base will be the Connecticut-based airlines’ fourth, joining Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). The new base at Southwest Florida International (RSW) will create 35 jobs, according to a statement.
“The opening of Avelo’s fourth base in Fort Myers this fall will enable us to serve more destinations, add more flights, operate more airplanes, fly more customers and employ more crew members,” Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy says 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 take flight from RSW this fall — creating a meaningful source of new visitors to Southwest Florida. This is just the beginning.”
Over time, Avelo anticipates flying hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to Fort Myers from cities currently without nonstop service to Southwest Florida, officials say. The new positions will be a combination of Avelo crewmembers and jobs with Avelo business partners operating at RSW. Roles will includes 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 pleased to see that Avelo Airlines is also going to make an investment in creating more jobs at RSW to support their operations in Fort Myers,” Lee County Port Authority Executive Director Ben Siegel says in the statement.
Beginning Nov. 10, Avelo will serve four additional destinations from RSW: Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU); Binghamton, New York, (BGM); and two cities in Michigan: Kalamazoo (AZO) and Lansing (LAN).