Elite Airways postpones service from Rochester

August 17, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Elite Airways announced plans to delay launch of its new flights from Minnesota’s Rochester International Airport to Phoenix and St. Augustine, Fla.

The flights were postponed until early October, “to allow for stronger fall/winter demand,” according to a report by the Rochester (Minn.) Post Bulletin.

The single ticket flights were expected to allow quicker and more convenient air travel to the Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Rochester, Phoenix and Florida.

Rochester International Airport serves about 290,000 passengers each year.

Elite Airways notified Mohave County Airport Authority Wednesday of its decision to temporarily suspend scheduled air service between Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport less than a month after it began.

No reason was given for the suspension, said Jeremy Keating, LBIA director. No information was given about when the flights might resume.

The airline did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

For one local man, the unexpected cancellation of his Elite Airways flight meant making major changes to connecting flights on another airline and leaving his car in extended parking for a week at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

“Up until now Elite Airways has only caused annoying changes that ripple through our other connecting flights,” he wrote on social media. “Elite Airways has (again) turned out to be just another huge disappointment in the ongoing history of the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.”

Elite Airlines, which also operates charter service to the airport, contacted the Mohave County Airport Authority about providing scheduled service to and from Phoenix after American Airlines did not renew its one-year service contract in February due to underuse of the service.

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