June 7, 2018

New airline entering Minnesota, connecting Rochester to Arizona and Florida

By Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
By Paul Walsh

A small and relatively new commercial airline carrier announced its entry into Minnesota on Thursday, offering nonstop service connecting Star Tribune LogoRochester and two warm-weather locales. Elite Airways will begin on July 19 operating flights between the home of the Mayo Clinic and two cities where the health care provider also has facilities: Phoenix and northeastern Florida. “Today’s exciting announcement is good news for Mayo Clinic patients, staff and the Rochester community as a whole,” Steven McNeill, chief planning officer for Mayo Clinic and president of the Rochester Airport Company Board, said in a statement accompanying the announcement.

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Context: Elite Airways recently announced the launch of air service at the Rochester International Airport (RST). Beginning July 19th, Elite Airways will operate nonstop flights to two new destinations from RST: Phoenix, Arizona (Phoenix Sky Harbor-PHX) and St. Augustine, Florida (Northeast Florida Regional Airport-UST).  “Elite Airways is pleased to announce service at Rochester International Airport with two new routes—St. Augustine and Phoenix—that offer convenient nonstop travel between three Mayo Clinic campus locations, plus the flexibility for weekend or week-long travel,” said John Pearsall, President of Elite Airways. “We’d like to thank the airport and community leaders in Rochester for their support and look forward to a successful start of service in July.”  You can read more information here

Contact:  Heather Carlson

Tags: Elite Airways, Rochester International Airport, Steve McNeill, Uncategorized

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