Routes Americas 2021: Establishing Tweed New Haven Airport as Avelo’s East Coast base
Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) partnered with AvPorts on a $100 million investment project to develop the needed infrastructure to have Avelo Airlines establish HVN as its first East Coast base. Jorge Roberts, CEO Avports, Tweed New Haven Regional Airport – Avports, shared details of the project during the Routes Americas 2021 conference, in a discussion with Ilona Cambron, Director of Air Service Development, Airport Strategy & Marketing (ASM).
Tweed New Haven Airport in Southern Connecticut is, Roberts explained, the second most unserved market in the US. Most travellers in the densely-populated catchment area drive two-and-a-half hours down to New York’s La Guardia, Newark, or JFK. “So, we saw an opportunity here. Historically, the airport had an infrastructure problem, not a market problem. We’re committing to investing $100 million over four years to extend the runway and build a new $50 million, 75,000 sq ft low-cost carrier terminal.”
Roberts emphasised the importance of driving efficiency, with AvPorts to focus a lot more on increasing non-aeronautical revenues and ultimately building a financially and environmentally sustainable airport.
“Avelo plans to base three aircraft at Tweed New Haven Airport by the end of the year. They’re going to be operating 737-700s, but they want to up-gauge to the 800s,” said Roberts. “It’s really a partnership with Avelo. Their model fits very well and there’s a lot of demand for lower fares. The timing was perfect, with Avelo looking for an East Coast base. They’re going to focus on underserved markets and we see this as a great opportunity.”
AvPorts is also working with the local community in New Haven. Yale Universit, which is based there, has one of the country’s best architectural schools and is contributing to bringing a sense of place to the new terminal. “That’s important for Avelo too, to make sure that we’re good partners with the community,” Roberts added.