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Avelo Airlines launches nonstop flights between Tampa and Raleigh-Durham

The new route will initially operate twice weekly in February, and then transition to four times weekly.
Planes from several airlines are pictured on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport, Monday, April 4, 2022 in Tampa.
Planes from several airlines are pictured on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport, Monday, April 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Nov. 10|Updated Nov. 10

Low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines announced a new nonstop route between Tampa International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, beginning next February. One-way introductory fares start at $39.

Flights will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays starting Feb. 3. This will be the fourth nonstop Avelo route from the Tampa airport, joining a service to Lexington, Kentucky, New Haven, Connecticut, and Wilmington, Delaware, according to Thursday’s announcement.

The route, on a Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, will shift to four times weekly Feb. 16.

The company is a relatively new addition to the industry, launching last spring with one-way fares as low as $19 from its base at Hollywood Burbank Airport in Southern California.

For more than a year, the pandemic laid waste to aviation. In Tampa, the pandemic brought drastic drops in passenger numbers and nearly $1 billion in construction delays.

Related: Tampa airport celebrates launch of new London flight

But the airport, which consistently ranks high in national customer satisfaction surveys, recovered faster than most. It flies to more destinations now than before the pandemic, and passengers have returned to the sky in record numbers.

Earlier this month, Tampa International celebrated the launch of year-round, nonstop flights to London Heathrow, the United Kingdom’s busiest airport.

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