Gull Air was an established commuter airline from Massachusetts that expanded into Florida as a way to counterbalance the extreme seasonal nature of traffic in Cape Cod. Formed in 1974 and based at Hyannis, MA, Gull began operating as an Air Florida commuter carrier between Miami and West Palm Beach in late 1982 using Cessna 402s.
Cessna 402C N6839Q on final at Miami in March 1983. Photo courtesy of Bob Garrard.
Several ex-Air Miami and North American Airlines CASA 212s were added to the fleet to increase capacity. N451AM is pictured at Miami in Air Florida blue and green.
Gull Air southern region timetable effective July 1, 1984 showing service to Ft. Lauderdale, Freeport, Miami, Stuart and West Palm Beach.
Following the demise of the Air Florida Commuter network in 1984, Gull Air entered a code-sharing agreement with Ozark Airlines in early 1985, connecting with their flights at Miami, West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.
Gull operated several Bandierantes during 1985 - 1987. N110EB, formerly with Southern Express, is seen at Miami.
Gull Air operated this classic Beech 18 N969OR on cargo runs.
Gull Air southern region route map from their February 15, 1986 timetable.
Gull entered into a code-share agreement with Texas Air subsidiary New York Air in 1986 but when that airline was folded into Continental, Texas Air decided to terminate Gull's contract in favor of PBA. Without the support of connecting flights Gull was forced to file for bankruptcy protection and stopped flying in March 1987.