New budget carrier Avelo Airlines has postponed routes on 2 markets before there were even slated to begin.
Last week, Avelo has suspended the launch of its route between Burbank (BUR) and Monterey, California (MRY):
Flights to these destinations were slated to begin on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, respectively, but Avelo confirmed to TPG that those plans are now on hold for nearly a year. “We will take another look at our plans for these two markets next spring,” a carrier spokesperson explained in an emailed statement.
As for why the sudden change of heart — after all these flights were announced less than a month ago — Avelo’s citing the surging delta variant — and the associated rise in coronavirus cases — for lower-than-expected demand. “Like all airlines, we’re adjusting accordingly to the current demand climate,” the spokesperson added.
Avelo also paused Burbank (BUR) and St. George (SGU), Utah:
“The industry-wide demand deceleration due to the Delta variant of Covid-19 has prompted us and other airlines to adjust our schedule to softer demand,” Sabrina Goodman, of Crafted Communications, said via email. “As a result, we have delayed launch of our St. George route, and Avelo Airlines is deferring a decision on the matter until next spring.”
David Cordero, communications and marketing director for the city of St. George, said he and his colleagues are looking forward to having such a convenient way to get to and from Southern California.
“But we understand why Avelo decided to wait on this particular flight,” he said. “It will be great to have this flight in 2022, as we have two major Ironman 70.3 championship races along with our full assortment of fun and exciting events that St. George is known for.”
Back in July, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Chief Marketing Officer Don Skeoch said in a press release that “Los Angeles has started its comeback,” before inviting visitors to “safely and responsibly start their own returns to the area.”
But the recent surge in COVID-19 cases prompted officials in Los Angeles to update its measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks while using public transportation, indoors in K-12 schools and in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.