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Florida Today: Elite Airways to resume Melbourne flights to New York and New Jersey; future growth planned

Release Date: 04-Jun-2021

By Rick Neale, Florida Today


Elite Airways is returning to Melbourne Orlando International Airport for the first time since May 2019, offering flights to the Northeast.

“They have done such a terrific job on the space side of things. And the business economy’s really booming in Melbourne," Elite Airways President John Pearsall said, referring to Brevard County.

"We believe it's a terrific time to increase the service out of the Melbourne airport and offer new nonstop destinations to the new people that have just arrived in the area, both on the business side and also on the leisure side," Pearsall said.

Starting July 1, Elite will offer twice-weekly nonstop service from Melbourne to White Plains, New York, with continuing service to Portland, Maine.

In a news release, Mark Busalacchi, the Melbourne airport's director of marketing and business development, called the announcement "great news that connects MLB’s largest unserved market, the greater New York City area, to Central Florida via our coastal gateway."

Passengers who stop in White Plains can also access Elite’s daily flights to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Elite also announced twice-weekly nonstop service from Melbourne to Newark, New Jersey, starting Sept. 10.

“There's a lot of call for some of the destinations that we put in starting in July. And that's just the first wave of them — we're going to have some additional destinations after that," Pearsall said.

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Elite Airways Announces New Nonstops in Portland ME, White Plains NY, Sarasota-Bradenton FL and Melbourne/Orlando FL starting July 1

Release Date: 17-May-2021

May 17, 2021 – Portland, ME – Elite Airways LLC today announced new scheduled service at Portland International Jetport (PWM), White Plains Westchester County Airport (HPN), Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) and Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) starting July 1st. The new service will allow Elite Airways passengers who stop in White Plains to access its nonstops to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod. The airline also announced new twice-weekly nonstop service from MLB to NYC/Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) starting September 10th. Tickets start at $199* each way are available for sale at 877-393-2510 and

**NOTE for reservations to/from Vero Beach Airport after September 6, 2021: our fall/winter Vero Beach service will be relocated to Melbourne International Airport (MLB) due to runway construction at VRB.**

The newly announced Elite Airways flights include:

  • Portland ME to/from White Plains NY, nonstop (Thu, Fri, Sun, Mon), starts July 1
  • Portland ME to Sarasota-Bradenton FL, direct with 1 stop at HPN (Thu & Sun) starts July 1
  • Portland ME to Melbourne/Orlando FL, direct with 1 stop at HPN (Fri & Mon) starts July 2
  • White Plains NY to Portland ME, nonstop (Thu, Fri, Sun, Mon) starts July 1
  • White Plains NY to/from Sarasota-Bradenton FL, nonstop (Thu & Sun) starts July 1
  • White Plains NY to/from Melbourne/Orlando FL, nonstop (Fri & Mon) starts July 2
  • Newark NJ to Melbourne/Orlando FL, nonstop (Fri & Mon) starts September 10
  • Sarasota-Bradenton FL to White Plains, nonstop (Fri & Mon) starts July 2
  • Sarasota-Bradenton FL to Portland, direct with 1 stop at HPN (Fri & Mon) starts July 2
  • Melbourne/Orlando FL to White Plains, nonstop (Thu & Sun) starts July 1
  • Melbourne/Orlando FL to Portland ME, direct with 1 stop at HPN (Thu & Sun) starts July 1
  • Melbourne/Orlando FL to Newark NJ, nonstop (Fri & Mon) starts September 10

Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 jet airliners with 50, 70 and 90 seats respectively, known for comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. Elite Airways passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, free seat assignments**, and free first checked bag up to 50lbs, and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.

“Elite Airways is pleased to expand service in Portland, White Plains and Newark and to return to Sarasota-Bradenton and Orlando-Melbourne with new service; passengers who stop in White Plains can access our nonstops to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket this summer,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We would like to thank our customers and airport officials for their continued support as we expand our service to meet renewed demand for leisure travel along the east coast.”

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A message to Vero Beach customers from the President of Elite Airways

Release Date: 14-May-2021

Thank you for being an Elite Airways customer. Since the start of our service in Vero Beach in December 2015, we've safely flown thousands of passengers each year and contributed to unprecedented airport and economic growth in the area. We are proud of our achievements and couldn’t have done it without your support.

We have important news affecting our service at VRB:

The City of Vero Beach has undertaken a multi-year capital improvement project at the Vero Beach Airport that includes the rehabilitation of runway 12R-30L—the runway that Elite Airways uses for takeoffs and landings. This particular construction project is estimated to begin in September and will hopefully conclude by March 2022.

How does this affect Elite Airways flights?

If you have purchased a ticket for an upcoming flight in/out of VRB: there are no changes to your itinerary. We plan to continue our existing service to Newark and Portland from Vero Beach until September 6th as scheduled.

For new VRB bookings after September 6th: we are relocating our fall/winter scheduled service to Orlando-Melbourne Airport (MLB), north of Vero located between I-95 and Route 1 in Melbourne.

Today, we've also launched new twice-weekly service from Melbourne to White Plains NY with continuing service to Portland ME starting July 1st. From White Plains, passengers can access our daily nonstops to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod. For more information or to book a flight please visit our website or call us at 877-393-2510. 

We know you have a choice when flying and appreciate your continued support of Elite Airways. Vero Beach is very important to us and we look forward to resuming service as soon as the runway project is complete. Stay tuned!


John Pearsall
President, Elite Airways

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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!