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Elite Airways LLC today announced new nonstop jet service between Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine and Newark Liberty International Airport serving the tri-state area and New York City. The new service starts Nov. 19 and will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 jet airliners with 50, 70 and 90 seats respectively and maintains an impeccable safety record, according to a press release. Elite Airways is also pet friendly.
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Flights depart Newark at 11 a.m., arrive St. Augustine at 1:15 p.m., depart St. Augustine at 2 p.m. and arrive in Newark at 3:50 p.m. Tickets start at $129 each way.
“Elite Airways is pleased to start commercial air service in St. Augustine with twice-weekly service to Newark starting Nov. 19,” said John Pearsall, president of Elite Airways. “We believe this route will be a homerun as it connects historic St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach with the New York City area — two highly sought-after tourist destinations. We would like to thank Northeast Florida Regional Airport and St. Johns County Airport Authority officials for their support, as well as officials at Newark Liberty International Airport.”
Bruce Maguire, chairman of the St. Johns County Airport Authority, is pleased with the addition.
“We are delighted that Elite Airways has included the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in its expansion plans,” he said. “The new service will serve as an important route for our local residents and also help attract new business opportunities and tourists to the area, offering access to all that St. Augustine and the First Coast have to offer. Our airport authority is committed to building airline relationships and working to enhance the access points to our region.”
Richard Goldman, president and CEO of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau, said the move will be a boon for tourism.
“The tourism community of Florida’s Historic Coast joins the airport in celebrating Elite Airways’ new nonstop air service from the New York/Newark Liberty International Airport,” he said “The service will serve as a new gateway from New York and New Jersey to the many authentic, unique experiences in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the beaches. Elite’s move to add this nonstop service to Northeast Florida Regional Airport speaks to their confidence in the market and is a testament to the recovery of tourism in northeast Florida.”
Headquartered in Portland, Maine, Elite Airways LLC was founded in 2006 by airline veterans with the goal to provide passengers a better travel experience with nonstop flights, competitive prices and exceptional service. Elite Airways is a U.S. Part 121 Air Carrier and provides chartered and scheduled service throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and South America. The airline’s routes connect underserved communities with popular destinations that include New York City/Newark, White Plains, New York, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Orlando-Melbourne and more.
All scheduled flights are sold and operated by Elite Airways LLC, and available for purchase at eliteairways.com or at 877-393-2510.