Airline postpones start of service from Newport News/Williamsburg Airport

Officials with Elite Airways were on-hand Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to announce new direct flights to Newark and Long Island. Credit: WAVY/Laura Caso

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Elite Airlines has reportedly decided to delay starting service from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF).

A post on the airport’s Facebook page Tuesday morning states that the Peninsula Airport Commission was informed of Elite’s decision.

The post states that Elite made the decision “due to the continuing negative and inaccurate headlines which are preventing the introduction of this new brand properly to our community.”

Elite Airlines was supposed to start flying out of PHF in March, offering direct flights to New York City/Newark (EWR) and Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP).

The direct flights to Long Island and Newark were announced in early December. Officials said in December they had been looking at add more flights in Florida in the future.

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