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Coronavirus update: what we’re doing to keep passengers and employees safe

Release Date: 17-Dec-2021

At Elite Airways, passenger safety and comfort are top imperatives. We understand you may have questions about upcoming travel and steps we’re taking to prioritize the safety of our passengers.

The following information may be helpful when making decisions about upcoming travel on Elite Airways. You may also contact us online or by phone at 877-393-2510 from 9:00am to 5:00pm ET, seven days a week.

Things to know before you fly:
Elite Airways has no ticketing change fees. Passengers may rebook a flight for any reason up to 24 hours in advance at 877-393-2510 with no change fees or penalties; fare difference may apply. If you wish to cancel altogether, you may do so without any cancellation fees up to 24 hours prior to departure and receive a credit valid on Elite Airways for travel up to one year from the original booking date.

Do I need to wear a mask when flying with Elite Airways?

Yes. Passengers on all Elite Airways flights are required to bring and wear face-masks during check-in, during the flight, and while deplaning (note: children under the age of two are exempt).

Per the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the US. You do not need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months.

If you have not been vaccinated and plan to fly, please refer to the latest CDC guidelines for this.

What if I’m not feeling well before my flight?

Do NOT travel if you feel sick, test positive, or if you were exposed to the virus and are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. At-home instant tests are readily available at local pharmacies. If you or someone in your household exhibits respiratory symptoms prior to a scheduled flight, please take all necessary travel precautions as recommended by the CDC -- or call us at (877) 393-2510 if you wish to make a change.
While on board Elite Airways:

Passengers on all Elite Airways flights are required to bring and wear face-masks during check-in, during the flight, and while deplaning (note: children under the age of two are exempt). These guidelines are subject to change.

We utilize robust cleaning processes on our aircraft and use disinfectants that are effective against viruses. We have also placed extra sanitizing wipes on board for passenger use and convenience.  
Should you experience any concerns or respiratory symptoms while on board, please notify a crew member immediately. By working together, we can help minimize the risks while ensuring the safety and comfort of everyone on board.


Links to more information:
The US Centers for Disease Control website contains COVID-19 travel alerts, news updates, tips on staying safe and much more:

Florida Health website is focused on what you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida:  h

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News Elite Airways launches new route between Florida and Newark

Release Date: 26-Nov-2021

Article by Ethan Klapper, Senior Aviation Reporter -


New York-area travelers now have a new way to get to the Northeast Florida coast and vice-versa.

Last week, Elite Airways, the Maine-based Canadair Regional Jet operator, launched service between St. Augustine (UST) and Newark (EWR).

Elite’s entrance into the market restores scheduled airline service to St. Augustine’s Northeast Florida Regional Airport, located 42 miles southeast of Jacksonville International (JAX).

Via Airlines last served the airport, which ended service to Charlotte (CLT) in 2018. Frontier also served the airport until 2017.

The new service operates with two weekly flights in each direction. Southbound flights depart on Mondays and Fridays, with an 11:30 a.m. departure out of EWR, arriving at UST at 1:45 p.m. Northbound flights depart on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an 8 a.m. departure out of UST, arriving at EWR at 10:30 a.m. For the holidays, northbound flights will operate on Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31 in lieu of the Saturday departures those weeks.

As the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the continental U.S., St. Augustine is a city full of history, including the Castillo de San Marcos, a fort. It’s also an excellent destination for families.

“We believe passengers will enjoy the convenience of flying nonstop to and from St. Augustine for family vacations, weekend getaways, and major golfing events like the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra,” said John Pearsall, Elite’s president, in a statement.

“We are excited to welcome more visitors from New York and New Jersey as they explore the many authentic, unique experiences in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches,” said Richard Goldman, president and CEO of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau, in a statement.

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Elite Airways to return to Vero Beach Airport March 25, 2022

Release Date: 24-Nov-2021

Vero Beach, FL - November 24, 2022 - Elite Airways has announced that it plans to resume air service at Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB) on March 25, 2022 with service to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The twice-weekly nonstop service will operate on Mondays and Fridays starting March 25th, departing VRB at 7:00 a.m., arriving EWR at 9:30 a.m., departing EWR at 10:10 a.m. and returning to VRB at 12:40 p.m. Tickets start at $199 each way and are available for purchase at (877) 393-2510 and (select Vero and Newark from/to - then scroll to March and beyond to see available flights).

The Vero Beach Airport is located at 3400 Cherokee Drive in Vero Beach east of I-95 off of US Route 1. The Elite ticket counter is located in the main terminal. VRB offers free parking for Elite Airways passengers, along with Avis and Hertz car rental facilities on property.

The Newark Airport is located at 3 Brewster Road in Newark NJ and serves as a key airport for the tri-state and NYC area. The ticket counter is located in Terminal B, Level 3, by Door Number 4 and Porter Airlines. Arriving passengers may collect their baggage at Level 1, Carousel 1 (unless directed otherwise).


Route times/dates subject to FAA approval. Start date subject to completion of VRB construction.


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Northeast Florida Regional Airport Welcomes Elite Airways to St. Augustine

Release Date: 19-Nov-2021

November 19, 2021 – St. Augustine, FL – Elite Airways LLC began scheduled operations today between Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), serving the tri-state area and New York City. Please check our online booking engine for adjusted schedule and departure days/times. Tickets start at $129* each way and are available for sale at 877-393-2510 and

At today’s inaugural celebration, passengers and local dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a water cannon salute over the Elite Airways CRJ-700 arriving aircraft. Both arriving and departing passengers were treated with themed cookies, giveaway items and other commemorative items marking the start of new service.

“The new Elite Airways flight is great news for both residents of Northeast Florida and for the area’s entire tourism community, “said Richard Goldman, President & Chief Executive Officer, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau. “We are excited to welcome more visitors from New York and New Jersey as they explore the many authentic, unique experiences in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches.”

“Today marks an important day for Elite as we launch commercial air service at St. Augustine with twice-weekly nonstop service to Newark and the greater New York City area,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We believe passengers will enjoy the convenience of flying nonstop to and from St. Augustine for family vacations, weekend getaways, and major golfing events like the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra. As the awareness and support for this route grows within the community, we hope to expand service with additional destinations at NFRA in the future.”

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Elite Airways hosts Aircraft Pull fundraiser; helps raise $4,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine

Release Date: 13-May-2021

On Saturday May 15, 2021 Elite Airways held an aircraft pull to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine at Auburn Lewiston Airport. Teams of 8-10 people from businesses around the airport competed and together raised more than $4,200 for BBBS! Congrats to the Lewiston PD for the fastest pull at 5.69 seconds, to Boston Brands of Maine for the highest fundraising total, to Auburn PD, ABB and team Elite for their participation and fundraising, and to Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque for emceeing the event. Big Brothers Big Sisters has such an important role in our community and we plan to make this an annual tradition!


Elite Airways Joins the TSA Precheck® Program for Passenger Convenience and Safety

Release Date: 21-Feb-2019

February 21, 2019 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced that it is a member of TSA Pre ®, an expedited screening program that enables travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 U.S. airports. With a five-year, $85 membership, passengers can breeze through airport security without the need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. In January 2019, 94% of TSA Pre passengers waited in security lines for less than 5 minutes.

Already a TSA Pre member?

Next time you book at, enter your Known Traveler Number (KTN) in the online reservation and you’re all set! Or, call Elite Airways customer service at 877-393-2510 to update your profile with your KTN at least 72-hours before your next flight.

Not yet a member?

1. Read up on TSA Pre  and Apply Online

Submit an online application in five minutes and schedule an appointment at any of the 380+ enrollment centers.

2. Appear in person for a brief Background Check

Once scheduled, proceed to a 10-minute, in person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting. A 5-year membership costs $85.00.

3. Enjoy shorter lines at the airport as a member of TSA Pre

Once approved, you’ll receive a “Known Traveler Number” to input when making an airline reservation. The TSA Pre  logo will appear on your boarding pass—signaling that you may use TSA Pre  lanes at select security checkpoints when traveling on more than 60 participating airlines, including Elite Airways.

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