LOVELAND -- Elite Airways, the small airline that brought commercial service back to the Loveland airport last August, announced Tuesday that it would restart its service to the Rockford, Ill., airport in May.
Elite discontinued the route in January with the promise of resuming it in the spring. President John Pearsall said the airline would fly two round trips between the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport and Chicago-Rockford International Airport starting May 23.
On Mondays and Fridays, flights will arrive here at 9:15 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m. for the return to the Chicago-area airport.
The large gap between arrival and departure leaves time for a flight somewhere else, Pearsall said.
"That's the way we've designed that schedule. That airplane is going to do something else before going back to Rockford," he said.
Pearsall wouldn't say yet where that new destination might be. In the past, he has said Elite executives were looking at Mesa, Ariz., and Las Vegas, but on Tuesday he hinted that the airline might be offering a different city to Fort Collins-Loveland travelers.
"It could be one of those, but I doubt it," he said. "The coolest thing is that we're looking at another city."
One-way fares to Rockford will start at $139. The airline will be using its new 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 airliners, Pearsall said, which can hold 20 more passengers than the CRJ200s that flew the route last year.
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