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ALBANY, N.Y.; Feb. 15, 2024 – Avelo Airlines announced today exclusive nonstop service between Albany International Airport (ALB) and The Research Triangle’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Avelo is the first and only airline offering nonstop service between New York and North Carolina’s state capitals.

Beginning May 10, 2024, Avelo will operate this route twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, utilizing Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Introductory low one-way fares between ALB and RDU start at $62*. Customers can make reservations at AveloAir.com.

Avelo Airlines Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said, “Albany– say hello to Avelo! We’re excited to introduce New York’s Capital to Avelo’s low fares, travel-friendly convenience and industry-leading reliability. Getting to The Research Triangle is now easier than ever. This exclusive nonstop service will also make exploring Albany’s rich history, world-class museums, historic homes and scenic outdoor adventures a fast and seamless journey for North Carolina visitors.”

Albany International Airport CEO Phil Calderone said, "We are thrilled that Avelo Airlines is joining us at ALB and will be providing nonstop service to and from Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) – one of our airport’s top unserved destinations. Securing Avelo is a sure sign of confidence in the exciting growth at our airport and in our community. This nonstop flight will place you in North Carolina’s Research Triangle in just a couple of hours, providing great connectivity between two capital cities and high-tech regions. ALB is truly ‘Going Places’ and we look forward to our partnership with Avelo Airlines to offer increased connectivity and services to Capital Region travelers.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “On behalf of Governor Kathy Hochul, I congratulate Avelo Airlines on their decision to begin service to the Albany International Airport, which serves as a gateway to the scenic beauty and wonder of upstate New York. New York State is a staunch supporter of the Albany Airport and we are proud to be a partner in the exciting transformation taking place there, including the ongoing expansion and modernization of the main terminal. The addition of Avelo Airlines and its nonstop service to Raleigh, North Carolina, will further this transformation and help cement Albany’s status as a world class travel destination, allowing even more people to discover all the great things that the Capital Region has to offer.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “As we continue to make incredible improvements at Albany International Airport, one of the Capital Region’s most important assets, it is essential that we are offering service to key areas for our growth. The addition of Avelo Airlines with a non-stop flight to Raleigh, North Carolina will give passengers direct access to The Research Triangle. This is great news for our expanding semiconductor research and development industry.”

Albany County Legislature Chairwoman Joanne Cunningham said, “This is great news and a smart strategy to enhance our local economic development while broadening our connection to other cities that are making impressive advancements. Raleigh is a destination city that embraces its culture and history while progressing educational and modernization developments. Thank you to Avelo Airlines for bridging this connection between two great cities and welcome to Albany.”

Albany County Legislature Majority Leader Dennis Feeney said, “The Democratic Majority of the Albany County Legislature is pleased to welcome Avelo Airlines with its twice-weekly nonstop flights to Raleigh. We look forward to working with Avelo Airlines and further expanding the reach of the Albany International Airport for Capital Region residents and beyond.”

Capital Region Chamber and the Center for Economic Growth President and CEO Mark Eagan said, “We are pleased to welcome Avelo Airlines to ALB to provide nonstop service to and from two regions with core strengths in technology and innovation: Raliegh/Research Triangle and Albany/NY’s Capital Region. Our appreciation to our airport team as they continually work to add flights and enhance the traveling experience at Albany International Airport.” 

Raleigh / Durham, NC (RDU) – Nonstop Access to The Research Triangle

The Triangle Region offers the widest range of activities and attractions in North Carolina. This region boasts award-winning inns, hotels and spas, culinary delights for every taste, and cultural experiences including university gardens and art and history museums. A trip to this blossoming Southern metropolis leaves visitors enriched and energized the instant they’re welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. RDU is also home to three large research universities: Duke University, NC State University and the University of North Carolina.

America’s Most Convenient Airline

Avelo was founded to Inspire Travel by saving its travelers time and money. Since taking flight on April 28, 2021, Avelo has flown over 4 million Customers on over 30,000 flights. Today, Avelo serves 48 destinations in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

Along the way, Avelo has unlocked a new era of convenience, choice and competition by flying unserved routes to primarily underserved communities across the country. All Avelo flights are nonstop, and on almost every route at least one airport is a small, easy to use airport. This makes every Avelo journey easier and more enjoyable.

Avelo Customers can always change or cancel their itineraries with no extra fees. Additionally, families can travel with ease knowing every child 14 and under will always be automatically seated with an accompanying adult at no additional cost.

Additionally, Avelo offers advanced seat assignments for sale. One third of its seats are extra leg room seats, ranging from 32 inches to more than 36 inches, offering a more comfortable experience for Customers who value more space. In addition to advance seat assignments, Avelo offers several unbundled travel-enhancing options that give Customers the flexibility to pay only for what they value, including priority boarding, checked bags, carry-on overhead bags, and bringing a pet in the cabin.

Avelo is distinguished by its industry-leading reliability. In 2023, the airline achieved the lowest flight cancellation rate in the U.S. airline industry and ranked #2 in on-time reliability. These results are based on Anuvu’s third-party data platform (the same company and platform utilized by The Wall Street Journal for the publication’s annual best and worst airline ranking, which excluded Avelo as well as other airlines in its coverage that did not meet the publication’s size threshold).

About Avelo Airlines

Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose — to Inspire Travel. The airline offers travelers everyday low fares, time and money-saving convenience, and a refreshingly smooth, caring and reliable travel experience. Operating a fleet of 16 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves 48 popular destinations across the United States, including its six bases at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), Orlando International Airport (MCO), the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region’s Wilmington Airport (ILG), Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), and opening in May 2024, the Bay Area’s Sonoma County Airport (STS). For more information visit AveloAir.com or the Avelo Newsroom at AveloAir.com/Newsroom.