By Brandon McLeish 09/08/2021 565 views

St. Augustine Airport also known as Northeast Florida Regional Airport may not be the first airport that comes to mind when thinking about Floridian airports. However, the 14 thousand strong population town actually had air service within its 87 years of existence. The airlines that once served SGJ were now defunct Skybus and ViaAir from Columbus (CMH), Portsmouth (PSM), Greensboro (GSO), and Charlotte (CLT) respectively as well as Frontier Airlines from Philadelphia (PHL) and which unfortunately was ended in 2017, and Elite Airways from Rochester (ROC). Throughout 2016-2017, the airline had 16,090 passengers pass through its doors.

Some images of the two former operators parked at the terminal. (Photo taken by Peter Willot)

The lack of obtaining/maintaining airlines is no fault of the city but can be attributed to its location. Much like Daytona Beach, its located in larger airports and cities, and most airlines would much rather fly to the larger cities rather than fly to a smaller, lesser-known city close by. 

Now, there is some hope for air service returning to St. Augustine. The airport recently won a $700,000 dollar grant as an offer to (hopefully) get airline service from Charlotte (CLT) operated by American Airlines (most likely operated by one of the regional carriers). Should all go well, the city of St. Augustine will once again reap the benefits associated with airline service. 

An American Eagle CRJ-700 (operated by PSA Airlines) departing Daytona Beach. (Photo: Brandon McLeish)

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