MIAMI – Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways (7Q) will add service from the northeastern United States to Florida, operating Bombardier CRJs.

Starting on July 1, 2021, 7Q will begin operating flights from Portland International Jetport (PWM) to Sarasota (SRQ) two times weekly. Also, the carrier will fly to Melbourne (MLB) two times per week starting in July. Both of these flights originate in PWM, with a stop in White Plains, New York (HPN). In addition, 7Q will operate from Newark, New Jersey (EWR) to MLB starting on September 10. This service will also operate two times per week.

John Pearsall, president of 7Q indicated that passengers flying into HPN would have easy access to daily flights to destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), and Nantucket (ACK) in Massachusetts. The airline will operate flights between PWM and HPN four times weekly.

Portland International Jetport. Photo: KPWM Spotter – Own work, Public Domain

Requested Destinations

PWM director, Paul Bradbury was noted as saying “New York and Florida continue to be among our top requested destinations.” 7Q should benefit from this situation as demand for travel continues to increase in a post COVID-19 world.

Passenger demand from Florida to the northeast should be strong during the summer season, and one would consider Florida as a strong market as the northeastern US population seek warmer destinations during winter. Both SRQ and MLB are under-served in the northeast market with direct flights.

Elite Airways started operations in 2014, operating both charter, and commercial flights. The carrier operates a fleet of six Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which consist of the CRJ200, CRJ700, and the CRJ900 series.

Feature image: An Elite Airways CRJ-700. Photo: Andrew Henderson/Airways