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New commercial air service comes to St. Augustine

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An Elite Airways jet

Elite Airways plans twice-weekly service between Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine and the New York area, a move that is seen as a boost for tourism in Northeast Florida.

The airline announced Tuesday that it will fly 50- to 90-seat airliners between St. Augustine and Newark Liberty International Airport on Mondays and Fridays beginning Nov. 19.

Flights will leave Newark at 11 a.m., arrive in St. Augustine at 1:15 p.m., depart St. Augustine at 2 p.m. and arrive back in Newark at 3:50 p.m.

Tickets start at $129 each way. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, free seat assignments, free first checked bags up to 50 pounds and no ticketing change fees. Tickets are available at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

“We believe this route will be a home run as it connects historic St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach with the New York City area — two highly sought-after tourist destinations," John Pearsall, president of Elite Airways, said in a new release.

Richard Goldman, president and CEO of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau, called the new air service "a testament to the recovery of tourism in Northeast Florida.”

Elite Airways also services White Plains, New York; Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard; the Orlando-Melbourne area, Vero Beach, Sarasota-Bradenton and Portland, Maine.