MORRISVILLE – There’s a new airline carrier set to operate flights from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority announced today.

The airline, Avelo Airlines, will provide new nonstop routes from RDU to Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN) in Connecticut.  The flights will begin on May 26, 2022, according to a statement from the airport.

“We are excited to partner with Avelo as they become RDU’s 13th airline and add a new destination to the growing list of cities we serve,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in the statement. “Avelo’s choice to make RDU their only airport in North Carolina shows their investment in the Research Triangle and we welcome them to the region.”

Avelo is now the second airline carrier to announce that it would add flights to and from RDU during this calendar.  Icelandair is still on track and scheduled to launch nonstop flights to Reykjavik, the capital of and largest city in Iceland, beginning in late spring, the statement from the airport noted.

In 2021, RDU airport received the third highest overall ranking for best customer satisfaction in a large airport in a JD Power survey.  The airport also reported that traffic increased by 112% in January 2022 compared to January 2021.

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Offering introductory fares

The route will fly five days a week, but will expand to six days per week in June, the airline noted in the statement.

The CEO and Chairman of Avelo Airlines, Andrew Levy, said in a statement that the airline would provide connectivity between the two regions and make it “easier than ever.”

Fares begin at $49, one-way, inclusive of the required governmental taxes and fees, but the airline said that to receive this introductory fare offer, flights would need to book in the next two weeks, by March 22, 2022, and would be limited to specific flights and a limited number of seats.