Avelo Airlines has extended its schedule until the end of April, with additional service from Wilmington Airport (ILG) to a couple of Florida destinations for spring breakers and those seeking warmer weather.
The schedule had been posted through Valentine’s Day.
The 16-jet airline will ramp up Wilmington-Orlando flights to five a week, with Fort Meyers proving to be a popular stop with four weekly flights. Tampa also gets four time-a-week service, with Fort Lauderdale has a trio of weekly flights.
Seasonal service to Greenville, SC; Savannah and Raleigh-Durham will not resume in April. The exception is Wilmington, NC, which will get twice-weekly flights.
The schedule extension is good news for the Delaware airport, as it seems to indicate that the airline is confident about retaining its flight schedule that will soon include San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Keep in mind that schedules are subject to change, and any drop-off in traffic will be quickly addressed by the airline that operates under a “fail fast” strategy as it works to become profitable.
Frontier Airlines is also not taking the competition for granted. Recent Emails have shown flights with fares as low as $19.
Like Avelo, Frontier adds baggage fees and seat assignments to the base fare. It also has a cancellation fee, which Avelo does not generally apply.
In checking the schedule, Avelo still has at least a few seats available for Thanksgiving and Christmas flights to Florida destinations, although deep discount fares are unavailable.
Avelo tops in on-time performance
Avelo is touting an 86.3% August on-time performance, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s industry standard. The percentage is based on an airline’s total flights that arrived at their destination within 14 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.
Coming close to Avelo in the on time report was Philadelphia’s biggest carrier, American
Avelo Airlines also reported a 0.69% flight cancellation rate.
Avelo’s perfromance is aided by point to point flights with no connections. Decent August weather also helped in its East and West Coast markets.