Elite Airways suspends service temporarily at Laughlin/Bullhead airport

August 24, 2018

Maine-based Elite Airways announced temporary suspensions this month of flights between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

The postponement comes about three months after Elite Airways agreed to offer service at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport. Air service officially began in July, but has now been postponed until October. The company’s suspension of flights also extended to connecting Elite Airways flights from Rochester International Airport in Minnesota and flights from St. Augustine, Florida.

As of earlier this month, Elite Airways served eight U.S. states. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport were the only two locations in Arizona to be served by Elite Airways until Aug. 15, with twice-weekly flights between the two cities.

According to a reports from Mohave Daily News, no reason was given for the postponement of Elite Airways flights.

The postponement preceded an announcement by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association that announced the addition of Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport to its “watch list” on Tuesday. According to the Association, the list comprises the names of fixed-based operators who may be in a position to capitalize on a regional monopoly; which could lead to a potential inflation of fuel and operating costs for pilots.

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