New Bedford Regional Airport Launches Holiday Flights to Vero Beach, FL

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Elite Airways is launching a Holiday flight between New Bedford Regional Airport in Massachusetts and Vero Beach Municipal Airport in Florida between December 16, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

This is the first commercial jet service out of New Bedford in nearly three decades, according to local officials.

The 70-passenger Bombardier CRJ-700 and 50-passenger CRJ-200 jets offer non-stop service. Passengers receive free onboard snacks and beverages, first checked bag up to 50 pounds, and no ticketing change fees. Elite Airways is also pet friendly, according to the airline officials.

In a story written by Michael Bonner for, New Bedford, Airport Manager Scot Servis said the new service is “a nice moment to celebrate, but there’s still a lot of planning to do and getting more airlines interested. Getting the first airline here and interested is the first high hurdle to clear. It starts to build a track record when we talk to other airlines to come.”

Founded in 2006, Elite Airways provides scheduled passenger service to destinations throughout the country, operating in markets that are underserved within the National Transportation System. This brings a unique opportunity to New Bedford and the surrounding communities.

Elite Airways President John Pearsall told SouthCoastToday, “We were looking for a Boston-related airport that did not have service into it. We look at New Bedford and think we’ve got, for what we do for our customers, the best of both worlds. You’ve got access to Boston. You’ve got access to the Cape. And you’ve got access to Rhode Island. We think it will be a total home run.”

An Inaugural Flight ceremony is taking place on Saturday, December 16, prior to the first flight leaving for Florida.

Holiday Schedule:

SOUTHBOUND: New Bedford, MA to Vero Beach, FL:
Saturday, Dec. 16: Depart EWB 10:00 a.m. Arrive VRB 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: Depart EWB 1:45 p.m. Arrive VRB 4:30 p.m.

NORTHBOUND: Vero Beach, FL to New Bedford, MA:
Saturday, Dec. 23: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 1: Depart VRB 10:00 a.m. Arrive EWB 12:45 p.m.

Find information on visiting at Destination New Bedford.