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Apr 29, 2021
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Enter Avelo Airlines, the startup airline Levy started thinking about in 2015 and launched Wednesday in Southern California. The first flight: Hollywood Burbank Airport in Burbank to Santa Rosa, California, a gateway to northern California wine country.

Avelo Airlines: 5 things travelers need to know
►It's starting small, and on the West Coast. Avelo currently has three Boeing 737-800s and 11 nonstop routes from Hollywood Burbank Airport in metropolitan Los Angeles to small airports in the Western U.S., including Bozeman, Montana; Eugene, Oregon; and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in suburban Phoenix. It plans to have eight planes by the end of the year.

►Tickets are only sold through the airline. Book on the airline's website. Those who need to call the reservations center, though, won't be charged a booking fee as they are by many other airlines.

►Checked bag fees are $10, at least initially, and cheaper than carry-on bag fees. The going rate at major airlines is $30 to $35 for the first checked bag.

►There is no in-flight Wi-Fi because the initial flights are under two hours. The airline is waiting for new technology before it decides whether to offer it on future flights, Levy said.

►Food and drink service is limited because of the pandemic. Travelers will receive a bottle of water and a snack. Buy-on-board food (all packaged) and drinks will be added in the future.
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