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Avelo Airlines announces service from Melbourne to Southern Connecticut and North North Carolina

Earlier this week, Melbourne Orlando International Airport teased an announcement today, Thursday, April 6.

"Watch this space! We’ve got an exciting announcement coming this Thursday!" airport officials proclaimed on Facebook and Twitter.

Now we know what the big announcement is!

Say hello Avelo! Avelo Airlines will be offering nonstop service to New Haven, Connecticut and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina from Melbourne International Airport from June 21 this year.

Avelo Airlines announces service from Melbourne to Southern Connecticut and North North Carolina

Avelo Airlines today announced exclusive nonstop service from Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) to New Haven, Connecticut and Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina.

Avelo will be the only airline offering nonstop flights between Florida’s Space Coast and these two cities, bringing more affordable, convenient and reliable air service to the region.

Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service to Southern Connecticut’s most convenient airport, Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting June 21 and service to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) on Mondays and Fridays starting June 23.

Both routes will operate on Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft.

Introductory one-way fares to HVN start at $49 and one-way fares to RDU start at $29.

Customers can make reservations at

Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “Melbourne – it’s time to say hello to Avelo! We look forward to introducing Florida’s Space Coast to Avelo’s low fares, industry-leading reliability and caring service. With hometown airport access to Southern Connecticut and North Carolina’s Research Triangle, travel from MLB is now easier than ever. With the exclusive nonstop routes, it is also now easy for Southern Connecticut and Research Triangle-area residents to experience all that Melbourne has to offer.”

MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E. said, “We are so excited to welcome Avelo to MLB. Avelo is an outstanding new brand that delivers value and dependability for our travelers. We believe these routes will be incredibly popular, both within our Space Coast community and with visitors to Florida. Our airport is enthusiastic to offer this new, nonstop service connecting Connecticut, North Carolina, and central Florida. What a great opportunity to land a great service with amazing ticket prices combined with unparalleled convenience.”

Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Peter Cranis said, “We are extremely excited about Avelo coming to the Space Coast. This opens up two great markets for us and is hopefully just the beginning of a great long-term partnership with them.”

Avelo Airlines announces service from Melbourne to Southern Connecticut and North North Carolina

Melbourne International Airport has seen huge growth since last year when UK airline TUI switched from flying tourists from the United Kingdom into Sanford Airport to Melbourne.

Melbourne's total number of incoming and departing passengers rocketed from 372,287 in 2021 to 701,257 in 2022!!

This year, airport officials predict an even higher amount of passengers, with a record-breaking total of 850,000 incoming and departing passengers.

Inside The New Terminal Building at Melbourne Orlando International Airport

The airport is also seeing much redevelopment of its facilities, mainly due to the addition of the TUI flights from the UK, including a $72 million passenger terminal expansion-renovation designed to handle aircraft as large as TUI's Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

TUI Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Melbourne Orlando International Airport

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