Elite Airways Airlines now providing service at Northeast Florida Regional Airport

Airline connects Mayo Clinic campuses with nonstop flights between Rochester, Minnesota and St. Augustine


Elite Airways recently announced the launch of air service at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport for flights between Rochester, Minnesota and St. Augustine.

The new service route, which began July 20, is designed to connect the Mayo Clinic headquarters in Rochester and the major campuses in Northeast Florida, with twice-weekly nonstop jet service.

“Elite Airways is pleased to start service in St. Augustine, one of the most historic and picturesque towns in Northeastern Florida, with twice-weekly nonstop service to Rochester, Minnesota” said John Pearsall, president of Elite Airways. “Elite appreciates the value of flying to and from one’s hometown airport with fewer lines and wait times, and believes this route will be embraced by both business and leisure travelers, as well as Mayo Clinic staff, patients and families who wish to fly nonstop between these two prominent campus locations.”

Elite Airways is a full-service airline. It will operate a CRJ-700 jet on the route, seating 70 people in a two-by-two seating configuration. Elite Airways passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages and a free first checked bag up to 50 pounds. There are no ticketing change fees.

“Everyone in Florida’s Historic Coast’s tourism community will embrace Elite Airways’ new non-stop air service,” said Richard Goldman, president & chief executive officer of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau. “The new service will introduce the many authentic, unique experiences in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches to the people of southern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. In its first year it will bring new overnight St. Augustine – St. Johns County Airport Authority visitors who are expected to contribute more than $4.6 million dollars in direct spending to our local economy.”

For fares and schedules, go to eliteairways.com, or call (877) 393-2510.