Elite Airways begins three new nonstop route from MYR to New York, Virginia

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January 18, 2018: As the first of several new destinations to be introduced this year, Elite Airways LLC is expected to commence three new nonstop routes in and out of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) from April 5. 

The routes include Albany International Airport (ALB) and Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in Virginia.

The multi-market announcement underscores Elite's continued growth and success with its Northeast Southeast leisure routes, and marks an expanded presence in Myrtle Beach%u2014a popular vacation destination that attracts millions of tourists each year for its over 60 miles of sandy beaches, world-class entertainment, shops, restaurants, family-friendly attractions and nearly 80 golf courses.

Elite Airways operates a fleet of Bombardier CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 jet airliners known for its comfort and efficiency, and maintains an impeccable safety record. 

Elite Airways passengers are offered free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50lbs (or one oversized golf bag), and no ticketing change fees (see website for details). Elite Airways is also pet friendly.

'We are pleased to start scheduled service at Albany and Newport News this year while expanding our presence in White Plains and Myrtle Beach. We believe this is a win-win for passengers looking to enjoy world-class vacation getaways,' said John Pearsall, president of Elite Airways. 

'All Myrtle Beach fares include first checked bag or oversized golf bag for free, plus no ticketing change fees%u2014all of which add up to compelling cost savings for passengers who want flexibility and peace of mind. We look forward to a very successful start of service in April, and we thank airport and community leaders in Myrtle Beach, Albany, White Plains, and Newport News for their support,' said Pearsall.

'Horry County Department of Airports is excited with Elite's decision to commence operations at the Myrtle Beach International Airport,' said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports. 

'Elite's launch of nonstop air service to/from White Plains, Albany and Newport News is fantastic news for the traveling public.  These three markets are new for our airport%u2014no other carrier at MYR offers nonstop service. We look forward to working with Elite Airways and welcoming their passengers to Myrtle Beach, SC,' said Moppes.

'Elite Airways providing nonstop service from three new markets in early April, allowing players to visit Myrtle Beach during the peak spring golf season, will have an immediate impact,' said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions.

'Nonstop flight service is vital to Myrtle Beach's continued growth as a golf destination, and we look forward to Elite Airway's successful entry into the market,' said Golden.

'We are very pleased to welcome Elite Airways to the Myrtle Beach region,' said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. 

'We are excited about the addition of Newport News and two additional new markets in the northeastern region. Now, people in those areas have fast, affordable non-stop service to Myrtle Beach so they can enjoy our 60 miles of beaches, golf, fishing, shopping and endless entertainment and culinary experiences. We are thrilled with today's announcement and look forward to inviting new visitors to the Grand Strand. This will help us in our goal of bringing in 20 million annual visitors by 2020,' said Dean.

'The Airport Commission is very pleased that Elite Airways renewed its commitment to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport with the announcement of non-stop service to Myrtle Beach.  We look forward to working with Elite Airways to make this destination and partnership a success.  This is definitely a step in the right direction and the Commission believes we will be able to add new destinations with Elite in the future,' said George Wallace, chairman of Peninsula Airport Commission.

'We are excited that Elite Airways has chosen to re-establish and strengthen its relationship with the Newport News Airport and communities across the Peninsula.  We look forward to further regional collaboration and opportunities to provide convenient and affordable air service for travelers in and around the area,' said Florence Kingston, director - department of development of City of Newport News.

'Elite Airways' non-stop service will be welcomed by the Capital Region families that annually visit the Myrtle Beach area, and by our legion of golf enthusiasts that embrace the warm climate of Myrtle Beach to extend their golf season,' said Kenneth Doyle, chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority.

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