Elite Airways has plenty of factors working against it as it launches scheduled charter service in several new markets. The aircraft it flies is one of the least comfortable in service today and the flight schedule is limited in both route coverage and frequencies. But I give the company credit for creativity as it tries to build up some revenue using its CRJ200 planes in a few very, very thin markets. Earlier this week the company announced a couple new routes and, well, they are special.
Long Island’s Islip airport will see new service added with trips going both north and south for travelers this summer. Beach bums can fly to Melbourne, Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while those looking to go north can fly from Islip to Portland, Maine with continuing service to Bar Harbor. The Bar Harbor flight will be the first commercial jet service in that airport’s history. The new Islip flights complement existing service between Newark and Vero Beach or Naples, Florida.
This is not the first scheduled charter service Elite has tried to launch. Three years back the company tried to connect it’s operating hub at Melbourne with Washington DC’s Dulles airport. That didn’t last (I honestly don’t know if it even started). In this case I’d bet the markets are stronger, but not by a lot.
It is good news for Islip as the airport attempts to remain relevant (and profitable) in a challenging market for small city facilities. And with National Airlines recently announcing it couldn’t source an airplane for its previously announced service at Islip this is a very positive turn of events.
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