By: Mariel Carbone
December 14, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- Tallahassee residents will soon have more travel options when it comes to getting around the Sunshine State.
Elite Airways will begin adding services at the Tallahassee International Airport this spring, offering flights two to three times a week to both Sarasota and Vero Beach.
City Commissioner Scott Maddox said adding the air services helps solve the state connectivity problem the airport is currently facing.
"Right now if you have to go anywhere in southwest Florida to the Sarasota, Fort Myers, Charlotte County area, it's impossible to get there, you have to drive," he said. "And the same holds true for Vero Beach, North Palm Beach, Saint Lucie area."
Flight prices, schedules and an exact start date have yet to be settled, but the City hopes the services are available during the upcoming Legislative Session.
The new partnership with Elite comes as the City continues to attract new airlines to TLH. Including, JetBlue. The idea is to one day be able to offer flights to destinations like New York, Washington D.C. and Houston, as well as throughout the state of Florida.
"This new announcement will make sure we take two very hard to fit puzzle pieces, and put them in, Sarasota and Vero Beach. Hopefully we'll follow this up with direct flights to Fort Lauderdale on a carrier like JetBlue or another low cost carrier, and we begin to fill the puzzle pieces in so you can take a flight anywhere out of Tallahassee," said Maddox.
Maddox said getting new airlines into TLH is vital for economic development and business growth. He said he believes Elite was attracted to TLH because of its location- the Capital City- as well as the recent renovations.
The Commissioner will present information on the new partnership at Wednesday's City Commission meeting.