Lakeland Receives First Commercial Flights In 11 Years

Avelo Airlines announces new flights from New Haven to Lakeland, the first the airport has seen in ten years.

Lakeland International Airport “Linder” (LAL/KLAL), a small airport located in Florida’s Polk County, is set to receive its first commercial flights in over a decade.

These flights will be operated by Avelo Airlines, an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The airport’s last commercial service was cut in 2012, by bankrupt Direct Air, which served Illinois, New York, and South Carolina.

Freight operations at the airport have been consistent for over four years now, by Amazon Air, which operates a sizeable stronghold in Polk County.

The airport serves as a the main gateway to citizens of Lakeland, Polk City, Winter Haven, and Auburndale, but also as a low-cost alternative to citizens of Orlando and Tampa Bay.

The flights to New Haven will allow for an easy connection to major destinations like Boston and New York City via train or other non-aerial transportation options.

Avelo Airlines is also eyeing international possibilities out of Lakeland and is requesting U.S.D.O.T. authorization for flights to Mexico.

The flights to New Haven will be biweekly (Thursdays and Sundays), and operated by Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft seasonally.

Prices range from $66-96 one-way.

Departure Arrival Flight Time Aircraft Airline Local Dep. Time Local Arr. Time
New Haven Lakeland 3 hours Boeing 737 Avelo 08:00 11:00
Lakeland New Haven 2 hours 45’ Boeing 737 Avelo 11:40 14:25



Glad I’m done training here, it’s already a mess without regularly scheduled commercial service lmao


Great for the airport and a great move for the airline. A very strategic move to tap into both Orlando and Tampa markets. Also an inexpensive airport for Avelo to come into, their fees in MCO are through the roof it sounds like. I wouldn’t be surprised if Avelo leaves Orlando and Tampa and creates a new base in Lakeland.