Avelo Airlines is adding nonstop service between Tweed-New Haven and Puerto Rico’s San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. San Juan is Avelo’s first destination outside the continental US.
The announcement may spur speculation that San Juan is a future destination from Wilmington Airport (ILG) for Avelo. Airport operator the Delaware River and Bay Authority reported an announcement is slated for Aug. 10.
Avelo passenger vehicles have been filling parking lots at the Delaware airport after a recent expansion of service to more than a dozen cities in Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee Service to Carolina and Georgia ends in November, perhaps opening the door to warm-weather destinations like San Juan.
Area passengers have multiple options from Philadelphia International Airport, with American and no-frills carriers Spirit and Frontier offering nonstops to San Juan. By contrast, it’s a longer hike from Connecticut to New York and New England airports offering San Juan service.
The flight time on nonstops to San Juan from Connecticut and Philadelphia-Wilmington runs four hours. The flight time on a typical Avelo nonstop is two to two and a half hours.
Avelo has not been afraid to take on Frontier and Spirit with competing flights. The 15-jet carrier points to its stronger on-time performance higher customer service ratings and a lack of big city airport hassles as competitive advantages. No beverage service, other than water, is available.
Avelo has now extended its flight schedule from early January 2024 to Feb. 14th. The revised schedule includes three or more weekly flights to Florida destinations. Service now consists of two weekly nonstops, the exceptions being more flights to Tampa and Orlando. Flight schedules are subject to change.
Service to Nashville will end in January but if current activity is any indication fights could resume later in the year.
Avelo will operate the New Haven-Puerto Rico route twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays. San Juan is Avelo’s first Caribbean destination – expanding the airline’s route map to 47 destinations spanning 25 states and one U.S. territory.
New Haven, like Wilmington, did not have airline service before Avelo’s arrival, has proved to be a success, despite competition from Hartford. Rival Breeze Airways has set up shop and is offering nonstops from the Connecticut capital. Like Avelo, Breeze flies to and from smaller airports that are often near larger population centers.