SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane International Airport announced a new airline and new nonstop destination on Thursday that will be coming to the airport.
Avelo Airlines is launching flights between Spokane and Burbank, Calif. Flights will be available on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting May 25.
Passengers can book tickets now, with fares starting at $69 one-way. However, flights must be booked by March 24 to take advantage of the introductory fare. There are additional fees for carry-on and checked bags, as well as assigned seats.
Regular daily flights will depart Spokane at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Burbank at 12:55 p.m. Flights from Burbank leave at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Spokane at 9:35 a.m.
Avelo will fly 189-seat Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft on the route.
“The Los Angeles Basin continues to be an important market for us,” Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport said. “The addition of Burbank to the Airport’s nonstop offerings helps to fulfill high passenger demand between the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Region and Southern California, just in time for the summer travel season. It also allows an affordable opportunity for residents in the Los Angeles area to visit and explore our region.”
Avelo is a relatively new airline, having launched in April 2021 with its home base in Burbank.
The announcement follows several new airlines that have come to Spokane in the past few months. Aha! Airlines launched service between Spokane and Reno in December. Sun Country Airlines announced it will start flying between Spokane and Minneapolis in June.
Canada-based carrier WestJet has previously announced an interest in flying to Spokane. According to airlinegeeks.com, WestJet filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin service in Spokane as WestJet Link.
If the application is approved, WestJet would launch daily flights between Spokane and Calgary along with Spokane and Vancouver. WestJet plans to use Saab 340 turboprop aircraft which seat 34 passengers.
Spokane International Airport growth
The announcement comes at a time of growth for Spokane International Airport.
In 2019, the airport saw record traffic with more than 4 million passengers. By 2030, the airport expects to serve more than 6.2 million passengers.
Part of that long-range plan includes the terminal expansion project--referred to as TREX. The project includes:
- Terminal C expansion
- New security checkpoint for Terminals A and B
- New central baggage claim hall
- New curbside canopy
The airport also recently re-aligned the road leading to the terminals, which created more parking.