Say hello to your new best friend if you want to fly to the Pacific Northwest: Avelo Airlines.

Las Vegas has so much going for it, but sometimes you want to get away from it. Perhaps hiking amongst the 2,000 year old Redwoods is your thing. A direct flight hasn’t really existed. That is, until now. Avelo Airlines is going to the Redwoods and more beginning Thursday, September 7th.

Avelo is opening its sixth “base” (or hub) to revolve around. If you’ve been looking for routes beyond San Francisco and Seattle, your trip just got a lot cheaper with a lot less driving.

The airline will begin its Las Vegas operations with routes on limited days between six different areas.

  • Portland/Salem, Oregon
  • Bend/Redmond, Oregon
  • Eureka/Arcata, California
  • Sonoma/Santa Rosa, California
  • Brownsville/South Padre Island, Texas
  • Dubuque, Iowa

The best part of all, flights start at a very decent $39. For under $80, you are going roundtrip and direct to experience the world dwarfing stature of the Redwood National Forest. Right now the same flights cost around $400 and they include a connection either in San Francisco or Los Angeles. It’s pretty awesome.

Las Vegas to Redwoods? Great. But what the heck is Avelo?

Avelo Airlines has been at it in this current incarnation since mid 2021, serving mostly secondary markets. Their six “largest” markets are New Haven, CT, Orlando, FL, Burbank, CA, Wilmington, DE, Raleigh-Durham and Wilmington in North Carolina and here in Las Vegas. But they fill a lot of the gaps you’ll find between those hubs.

Needed a flight to Boise or Bozeman? How about to Central Wisconsin or Binghamton? The airline flies a couple flights a week to smaller markets to give them non-stop access to larger markets, or at least access to cheaper hub fares from other airlines.

So now a trip to tall trees isn’t a flight to San Francisco and a six hour drive away. The flight will cost less, the drive will be 30 minutes and you can enjoy the rest and relaxation you were seeking in the first place! Not bad.

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