On December 7, 2016, members of the business community gathered at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport for the introduction of a new carrier on the Peninsula. Executives of Elite Airways announced new non-stop service from Newport News to New York/Newark, and Islip/Long Island, beginning on March 13, 2017. Flights are scheduled for three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to and from both destinations. Flights will depart from Newport News in the early morning, with late afternoon return flights. CEO John Pearsall has also indicated that Elite will announce non-stop service to Florida at a later date.
The return of non-stop service to New York from Newport News is especially exciting for local residents, business representatives and military personnel who previously used other airports and airlines, as well as other modes of transportation to access the New York, New Jersey and Long Island areas. The new service will be very affordable, with fares starting as low as $99 each way, including all taxes and fees.
Elite Airways was formed in 2006 and enjoys an impeccable safety record along with strong service growth. Elite owns and operates a fleet of comfortable and reliable 50- and 70-seat Bombardier jets all configured in “Elite” class seating. With the new service, two aircraft will be based in Newport News. Elite Airways’ success comes with offering conveniences such as no change fees, free first checked bag (up to 50 lbs.), free carry-on bag, free in-flight snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, and a pet–friendly flying experience. Elite Airways currently serves many U.S. destinations in cities located in Maine, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Florida to name a few.