Elite Airways commenced flights between Myrtle Beach and Albany on 5 April, with the New York State airport greeting the carrier with a celebratory event. Seen speaking at the podium is Daniel McCoy, Albany County Executive. The airport also baked a cake to mark the airline’s new link to North Carolina.
- Elite Airways returned to Myrtle Beach (MYR) on 5 April, with the US regional operator having last served the airport in December 2016 when it operated a twice-weekly link from Long Island MacArthur. This time around the airline is flying from the South Carolina airport to Albany (ALB) and Westchester County (HPN). Both launched on the same day and flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), neither 1,101- and 941-kilometre sectors will face any direct competition. Elite will serve the two routes using its CRJ 200s. The return of the carrier to Myrtle Beach is just one of many coups for the airport in recent times. Not only did the facility recently win the top accolade at the Routes Americas 2018 marketing awards, but last year it saw passenger traffic grow by 17% to reach just under 2.28 million passengers. This is a result which is showing no signs of stopping just yet, with passenger numbers for the first two months of 2018 being up 13%. The good news looks set to continue, with the airport also welcoming Sun Country Airlines this week with a route from Minneapolis-St. Paul, while Frontier Airlines will make an appearance at Myrtle Beach in May with a link from Denver.