How best to describe the seemingly limitless demand for air travel between the Northeastern United States and Florida? If the launch of Avelo‘s new hub in New Haven does not provide sufficient evidence, consider another pair of new routes announced this week.
JSX the latest airline to add Miami
JSX will bring its ERJ-145 fleet to White Plains, offering 5x weekly service to Miami through the winter. The flights are expected to operate with JSX’s 30-seat, 1×1 on-board layout, offering significant personal space for every passenger.
Flights will also operate from a private jet facility, rather than the regular terminal at both ends, a hallmark of JSX services. Specifics on which FBO facilities will be used are not yet available from the company.
Those details, often touted as part of a “semi-private” flight experience, also come with a higher than average price tag.
Yes, tickets come with 2 checked bags and free seat assignments. But the current $749 one-way fares are pretty steep.
JetBlue operates 1-2x daily from White Plains to Fort Lauderdale. And, other than Thanksgiving Sunday, the fares are generally a tiny fraction of JSX’s ask.
JSX will also add service from Dallas to Miami as part of the expansion, with flight times that connect through to the White Plains service. The company is not, however, selling that as a single ticket.
Elite Airways goes old(est)-school
Elite Airways is no stranger to smaller east coast markets. Operating a mixed fleet of CRJ aircraft, the carrier has run routes up and down the coast for several years now. The latest move brings commercial service back to St. Augustine, Florida, America’s oldest city. The carrier will run twice weekly service to Newark.
Flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays. Elite will operate the route on its CRJ-900, the largest type in the fleet.
The Jacksonville-NYC market is well served with up to 20 daily frequencies from all three major airports. Newark alone generally offers up to 6x on United Airlines and 1x on JetBlue, per the current winter season schedules.
St. Augustine most recently had service by Frontier Airlines. those routes eventually moved an hour up the road to Jacksonville. Prior to that SkyBus operated from the airport until its collapse.
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