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

Avelo Airways, a finances provider that launched throughout the pandemic, is shifting its focus a bit — or not less than one in all its crew bases. That may come within the West, the place it is shifting its Las Vegas crew base to Sonoma County, California.

On Could 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 crewmembers 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 inform TPG that Santa Rosa might 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 mentioned.

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“STS is our sort of hometown airport — pleasant, quick and simple. 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 mentioned 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 present serves 4 nonstop locations from the Sonoma County airport. Redmond Airport (RDM) in Oregon, Las Vegas, Burbank, and Palm Springs Worldwide Airport (PSP) in California.

The provider has not, up to now, unveiled any new routes from Santa Rosa as a part of the crew base shift, nevertheless it appears a possible wager extra could possibly 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.

Situated in Santa Rosa, the airport could be 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 a restricted variety of weekly departures from each American Airways and Alaska Airways, which beefed up its Santa Rosa schedule as Avelo first launched operations there in 2021.

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