New airline to link Ogden to LA | Local News
Americans have been traveling in greater numbers for over a year and they will soon have two new leisure-focused airlines to consider for these trips, one of which will provide daily service from Ogden to the Los Angeles area.
Avelo Airlines announced Thursday that it will begin flying later this month to 11 destinations from Burbank, California. The startup plans to add more routes in the West as soon as it expands its fleet of three Boeing 737s.
Avelo was started by a longtime airline executive who believes there is room for another low cost carrier in addition to the many low cost airlines already in the market.
“There are too few seats offered in the United States by low cost carriers. That’s why we believe the opportunity is huge, ”said Andrew Levy, Chairman and CEO of Avelo. “Customers want a really inexpensive way to get from point A to point B.”
Avelo’s strategy is straight out of the low-cost carrier playbook first written by Southwest Airlines in the 1970s and copied by others, including Allegiant. Part of that strategy is to stick with secondary airports which have lower costs and less congestion – planes land, take new passengers and take off quickly, spending more time in the air and less on the ground.
“It’s not that it hasn’t been done before, it’s just that it hasn’t been done for a very long time – stay away from very large airports wherever possible,” says Levy.
One of Avelo’s first destinations, Ogden, Utah, “is a pleasant, convenient and easy to navigate airport,” he says. “There are many across the country that have not been served or at least underserved. These are the markets that we are going to target. “
Allegiant is the only airline currently serving Ogden, and only out of Phoenix, while nearly a dozen carriers compete in nearby Salt Lake City.
According to the reservation function on its website, Avelo’s first flight on the Ogden route is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, leaving Burbank at 11:10 a.m. PT, and arriving in Ogden at 2 p.m. PT. of the Rockies. On the same day, a return flight to Burbank will depart from Ogden at 2:40 p.m. local time.
After the initial flight, the airline has a scheduled Ogden flight each way at the same times, every day of the week except Sunday. The fare is currently $ 19 each way, with fares increasing to $ 24 on select days starting May 27.
In addition to Ogden, Avelo passengers will be able to fly from Burbank to Santa Rosa, Redding and McKinleyville in California; Medford, Eugene and Bend in Oregon; Pasco, Washington; Bozeman, Montana; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Mesa, Arizona, with rates varying by destination.
Avelo was launched with promotional rates of $ 19. Like other budget airlines, Avelo will charge extra for many options, including an assigned seat and carry-on baggage that goes in the top bins. Additional fees include $ 10 for the first piece of checked baggage, $ 35 for carry-on, $ 10 for priority boarding, and window or aisle seat options starting at $ 5.
The airline will fly 189-seat Boeing 737-800s, which are plentiful and, according to Levy, a good deal in the used aircraft market. Planes will not have internet access on board, at least not this year.
Breeze Airways, the latest creation from David Neeleman, who helped start Canada’s WestJet before founding JetBlue Airways and Brazilian airline Azul, awaits backstage.
Planning for the two airlines began before the coronavirus pandemic hit, but they are starting just as long-home Americans seek to escape and travel as in 2019. Over a million Americans have been flying every day for about a month now, and people who kept their jobs during the pandemic have saved more, which they could use for travel.
The last new US airline was Virgin America, which started flying in 2007 and disappeared after it was taken over by Alaska Airlines in 2016.
Breeze has not specified where it will begin operations, although the airline has suggested it will be in the southeast, including Florida, a popular destination for leisure travelers.