Avelo will open new crew base in Santa Rosa, shut Las Vegas base

Avelo Airways, a funds provider launched in the course of the pandemic, is shifting its focus — or no less than one in all its crew bases. The change will occur within the West, because it shifts its Las Vegas crew base to Sonoma County, California.

On Might 1, Avelo will open a brand new crew base at Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, California, the Houston-based ultra-low-cost provider introduced Wednesday.

As soon as the crew base is established, Avelo will base two of its Boeing 737 plane in Santa Rosa and rent as much as 50 crew members within the area, together with pilots, flight attendants and aviation upkeep technicians.

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As a part of the shift, the airline will shut its present crew base at Las Vegas’ Harry Reid Worldwide Airport (LAS). Although Avelo will proceed to serve Las Vegas on routes, the bottom will shut efficient April 30.

Firm officers advised TPG that Santa Rosa could be a greater match as a crew base given its proximity to a different Avelo base: Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), north of Los Angeles. The transfer ought to give the airline higher flexibility with respect to plane, crew and upkeep, Avelo officers stated.

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“STS is our type of hometown airport — pleasant, quick and straightforward. Because the inaugural vacation spot of Avelo’s first flight in 2021, the Bay Space has a particular spot in our historical past,” Avelo founder, chairman and CEO Andrew Levy stated in a press release saying the information.

Avelo founder, chairman and CEO Andrew Levy speaks in Santa Rosa after the airline’s inaugural flight in 2021. ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY

Avelo at the moment serves 4 nonstop locations from the Sonoma County airport: BUR, LAS, Palm Springs Worldwide Airport (PSP) in California and Redmond Airport (RDM) in Oregon.

Thus far, the provider has not unveiled any new routes from Santa Rosa as a part of the crew base shift, but it surely appears doubtless that extra might be on the way in which, contemplating its emphasis on the airport.

Different remaining Avelo crew bases embrace Burbank, Raleigh-Durham Worldwide Airport (RDU) in North Carolina, Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) in Connecticut, Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO) and Wilmington Airport (ILG) in Delaware.

The Santa Rosa airport is usually a gateway for vacationers trying to discover California’s wine nation, sitting proper within the coronary heart of Sonoma County. The airport can also be served by American Airways and Alaska Airways — the latter of which beefed up its Santa Rosa schedule as Avelo first launched operations there in 2021.

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