Friday, September 06, 2013

Silver Airways adds two direct flights to Orlando

Regional carrier Silver Airways will offer two weekday flights from Tallahassee to Orlando beginning Nov. 21, part of a service expansion the company announced Thursday.

The morning flight to Orlando will leave Tallahassee at 7 a.m. and arrive at 8:05 a.m. The second flight leaves at 1:35 p.m. and lands in Orlando at 2:40 p.m., Silver said.

The Orlando-to-Tallahassee flights leave at 11:55 a.m. and at 7:56 p.m., with travel time listed at an hour and 10 minutes.

“This latest expansion in our operations is all about better serving the broader needs of our customers here in Florida,” said David H. Pflieger Jr., the airline’s president and CEO. “Within the state, we’re improving connectivity from north to south and extending our reach to the Bahamas.”

Other service additions include flights daily between West Palm Beach and North Eleuthera in the Bahamas, service between West Palm Beach and Freeport, Grand Bahama, and between Orlando and West Palm Beach.

“We know there is a lot of interest in serving Tallahassee, especially when the Legislature is in session,” Pflieger said in an interview.

To mark the introduction of the additional service, Silver is offering one-way sale fares for flights booked now through Monday at midnight. The promotional one-way direct fare from Tallahassee to Orlando is $69. The airline’s website is

Orlando will be Silver Airways’ third nonstop destination offered from Tallahassee. The airline also flies direct to Tampa and to Fort Lauderdale from Tallahassee.

“I would say for our Tampa service it has done very well and that was what has prompted us to add Orlando,” said Travis Christ, chief commercial officer. “It has been good to watch in terms of passengers flying to Tampa for business and connecting to the Keys, and flying to Fort Lauderdale.”

David Pollard, Tallahassee Regional’s acting deputy director of aviation, said adding Orlando means connection to another major hub, which opens up an additional avenue for fliers to book service to distant destinations.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Silver Airways Corp. is a U.S.-owned and operated airline with nearly 200 daily scheduled flights to and from 46 gateways in Florida, the Bahamas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Montana.

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