As the United States continues to inoculate its population at record pace, long-suffering airline companies are readying for an explosion of travel as cooped up Americans stretch their wings once again. Major carriers are canceling their flexible refund policies, unblocking their middle seats, packing their flight schedules, and haggling with government agencies over COVID-19 vaccine passports. And one plucky company is launching a brand-new budget carrier in the midst of the global pandemic.
That’s Avelo. Founded by a former Allegiant Air and United Airlines executive, it’s set to pilot its inaugural flight in late April. Here’s what to know:
WHERE WILL IT FLY?
Avelo Airlines is a domestic carrier. It will serve 11 markets in the western United States, which it says are primarily small airports and routes that have been ignored by larger companies, thus limiting Avelo’s direct competition.