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Airline notes – Countdown to Avelo; Copa coming to BWI; Is it a good time to fly Southwest?

The countdown is on as Avelo Airlines prepares for its first scheduled flights out of Wilmington-New Castle Airport (ILG). The first flight - a nonstop to Orlando - is slated for Feb. 1. Later in the week, flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Tampa and West Palm Beach are scheduled. Avelo will start out with three flights a...

Great Wolf Lodge in Perryville will feature company’s largest water park, 700 rooms

The Great Wolf Lodge will feature the lodging chain's most expansive waterpark. The quarter-of-a-billion-dollar property is under construction in Perryville in western Cecil County, MD. The 700-room property is taking reservations for strays beginning on Aug. 1. Perryville is about 20 miles west of Newark, off Interstate 95. The water park at Great Wolf Lodge Maryland, will come...

Avelo holds 1-day flash sale for early Feb. flights from Wilmington to Florida

Avelo Airways iheld a  flash sale for those who want a February getaway to Florida.   Under the fare promotion which expired  Monday night on  Dec. 26, passengers received  50% discount by using the promo code SANTA after logging into the airline's website   Under the promotion, passengers had  to travel between Feb. 1 and Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Avelo launches flights to...

Travel notes: Avelo schedule extended, Spirit flying to Charleston, busy skies over holiday period and free WiFi

Avelo Airlines' schedule from Wilmington Airport to five Florida destinations have been extended to June 19th. The first flights are slated for Feb. 1. Flights are twice weekly to Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Tampa. The exception is Orlando, which will see three-time-a-week nonstop service. In May and June, the frequency increases to four times weekly, above...

AAA says about 1/3rd of Delawareans will travel more than 50 miles over holiday period

 AAA estimates nearly more than 325,000 Delawareans, about 33% of the population, will travel 50 miles or more for the year-end holidays, an increase of 3.3% over last year and closing in on pre-pandemic levels. AAA defines the year-end holiday travel period from December 23 to January 2. “This year, travel time will be extended due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day...

Finance council approves $3.5 million grant for bank

The Delaware Council on Development Finance Monday approved a $3.5 million Strategic Grant for National City Bank for an expansion of operations in the Newark area. The grant is contingent on National City reaching staffing and investment other milestones. Strategic Grants for banks and other well-heeled businesses have been criticized as examples of "corporate welfare." Grant supporters point out...

Amtrak reports strong recovery in ridership

Amtrak reports that ridership snapped back as the Covid-19 pandemic receded. "We worked hard to restore service and grow ridership in the face of lingering impacts from the pandemic, all while modernizing our assets to make train travel a better experience for customers," said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner.  "Thanks to the hard work and dedication of every employee and the...

Update: Delaware gas price now below year-ago figure

Delaware gas prices fell another two cents a gallon on Thursday and are now a few pennies below the figure of a year ago. Still, if OPEC has its way, $3 a gallon gas for Delaware will not become a reality. The lower gas prices are also being driven by fears of a recession that would further cut gas...

Cape Henlopen restaurant proposal gets ’86d’

DNREC cites inability to meet year-end deadline After A period of fierce, well-organized opposition, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and La Vida Hospitality have mutually decided not to move forward at this time with a proposed restaurant for Cape Henlopen State Park. Cited in 86ing the project was the inaabiity to complete an environmental review and...

Avelo Airlines, Capital One announce credit card alliance

Avelo Airlines and Capital One have announced a travel partnership. Avelo is slated to offer flights to five Florida cities from Wilmington Airport beginning in February. Capital One has operations in Wilmington. When new Avelo customers apply and are approved for Venture or VentureOne credit cards, they receive benefits from the airline including a statement credit on Avelo purchases and...

Rankings: Wilmington destination, software jobs, drunk driving

Rankings continue to roll into our Inbox. Here's a sampling. Wilmington continues to draw national attention from the travel press. Conde Nast Traveler listed Wilmington as one of the 23 Best Places to go in 2023. The wide-ranging list included Anchorage, Seattle; Memphis, Boston and the Florida Everglades. Once again, the Buccini influence was present with downtown...

First phase of Memorial Bridge redecking finished ahead of schedule

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that its contractor, UHPC Solutions North America LLC of Orange, New Jersey, completed Phase One of its $71 million bridge deck rehabilitation early Saturday, two days ahead of schedule.   As a result, all eight traffic lanes of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will be open during the Thanksgiving rush period. “I’m...

My take: Avelo Air to use Delaware playbook in North Carolina

Avelo Airlines will use its playbook for Wilmington Airport (ILG) for  North Carolina’s Research Triangle. In February, the airline will add a half-dozen Florida destinations (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Sarasota, Tampa, and West Palm Beach)  from Raleigh-Durham.  Avelo will establish a one-jet base at the Carolina airport, with similar plans for ILG. All of this will occur in February. Wilmington had long...

Estimated 136,000+ Delawareans to hit the road for Thanksgiving

AAA is projecting that nearly 150,000 Delawareans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 1.1% over last year. That's a bit shy of pre-pandemic Thanksgiving travelers in 2019. As usual, the great majority of those travelers will be driving to their holiday destinations. AAA is projecting that more than 1336,000 Delawareans (more than 90% of local...

AAA says Thanksgiving travel will approach 2019 levels

AAA forecasts 54.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That’s a 1.5% increase over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes. This year is projected to be the third busiest for Thanksgiving travel since AAA started tracking in 2000.  Most travelers will drive to their destinations, much like last year. Nearly 49 million people are expected to...