Avelo Airlines (XP, Burbank) has requested US Department of Transportation (DOT) authorisation to engage in scheduled international passenger flights from the United States to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, saying it plans to inaugurate services to the two countries this year.

The low-cost carrier requested exemption authority to engage in scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail, on the one hand between a point or points in the US and a point or points in the Dominican Republic, and on the other "to the fullest extent authorised under the US-Mexico Air Transport Agreement" signed in December 2015, it said in two separate filings seen by ch-aviation.

However, it did not disclose which specific destinations it would be interested in serving in both countries nor potential launch dates. The ch-aviation fleets module shows that Avelo Airlines’ fleet comprises 16 aircraft, namely seven B737-700s and nine B737-800s.

"It has also always been our plan to fly international scheduled service," it told ch-aviation in a statement. "Our recent filings with the Department of Transportation (DOT) are a preliminary regulatory step towards potentially initiating service between the U.S. and certain points in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. There are other international points that do not require such regulatory filings on the U.S. side, and we’re eyeing those as well. We will share more information later this year as we finalise our plans."

The ch-aviation schedules module shows that Avelo Airlines operates international charters for Apple Vacations, departing from Lansing to Cancún, Montego Bay, and Punta Cana, as well as charters from Miami International to Punta Cana.