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Vero Beach City Council terminates agreement with Elite Airways

Airline provided nonstop service to Newark
Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:11:35-04

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Vero Beach City Council on Tuesday kicked Elite Airways out of the airport.

Just a few months after reaching an agreement to allow Elite Airways to keep flying out of Vero Beach Regional Airport, the city council has told them to take off -- for good.

The dispute was primarily over $35,000 the airline owed the city.

The council voted 3-2 to terminate their agreement with the airline, despite pleas from the airline president to allow them to stay.

“Elite wants to work with you. I want to work with you folks. There’s no reason we can’t knock this out,” said John Pearsall
of Elite Airways

“To me, it’s just time to put an end to this. We’ve spent a lot of time on this, a lot of discussion. It’s just time to move on,” said Vero Beach City Councilman Joe Graves.

Elite Airways, which had been in Vero Beach for three-and-a-half years, had already canceled April flights because of the coronavirus, but had planned on restarting service in May if conditions were right.

The airline, which provided nonstop service to Newark International Airport, will likely furlough 240 employees in Indian River and Brevard counties.