ELLSWORTH — Portland-based Elite Airways, which began offering the first commercial jet service at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport last month, has dropped its Portland flights due to lack of demand.
Airport Manager Brad Madeira advised the Hancock County Commissioners of the change at the board’s July 12 meeting.
“It wasn’t a big surprise,” Madeira said. “That wasn’t a flight we requested.”
The manager said only one or two passengers were taking the Bar Harbor-to-Portland flight.
The good news is that ridership on Elite Airways’ flight from Bar Harbor to Newark has been strong, Madeira said.
“We’re seeing passenger loads of 30 to 35 on each of those departures,” he said.
Elite Airways’ jets out of Bar Harbor seat 50.
If the Newark numbers continue, that should help the airport with its annual target of 10,000 enplanements, according to Madeira.
The airport is eligible for $1 million in entitlement grant funds each year from the Federal Aviation Administration if it hits the 10,000 enplanement target. If the airport falls short of that number, the subsidy falls to $150,000.