Elite Airways’ Naples to New York Newark
Elite Airways crew members and airline President John Pearsall are announced by Naples Airport Florida Executive Director Ted Soliday, during a press conference at the airport. During the press conference Pearsall announced the start of Elite Airways’ commercial flights from the gateway to New York Newark and Portland in Maine. The Floridian airport celebrated the start of services with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony before boarding.
- Elite Airways on 27 February commenced a weekly (Saturdays) non-stop service on the 1,759-kilometre sector between Naples (APF) in Florida and New York Newark (EWR). The carrier will also operate a twice-weekly one-stop service to New York’s second largest airport via Vero Beach (VRB) on Thursdays and Sundays. The service marks the end of a 10-year hiatus of scheduled services to Naples. Delta Air Lines ended services from Atlanta to Naples in 2007 according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. On 29 February, the carrier launched a second route from Naples to Portland (PWM) in Maine, a service which will operate via Orlando Melbourne (MLB) twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Elite Airways will use its CRJ fleet on the new services, with no incumbent carriers on any of the sectors. Ted Soliday, Executive Director of Naples Airport, where he has been for more than 20 years, is retiring in April. After several failed deals, there was a point in Soliday's career where he said that he didn't think he would be around to see commercial flights return to Naples. "It is nice to be able to be back to being a full-service airport, so those people who have been calling us just a place for the rich and famous to play can't quite say that now!". Jack Wert, Executive Director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the commercial flights "will definitely have a positive impact," especially for downtown Naples and Marco Island. See how Naples Airport's FTWA compares to others from around the world this week.