Silver Airways is launching service from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, which serves the Tampa Bay-area beach resorts of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, to both...

Regional carrier Silver Airways has announced St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport as its 11th Florida destination.

Silver Airways is launching service from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, which serves the Tampa Bay-area beach resorts of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, to both Fort Lauderdale and Key West on March 12.


Growing its Saab 340 Bplus fleet rapidly to expand its network in Florida and on routes between Florida and The Bahamas, Silver Airways' colorful livery has become a common sight in Florida's skies. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

Growing its Saab 340 Bplus fleet rapidly to expand its network in Florida and on routes between Florida and The Bahamas, Silver Airways’ colorful livery has become a common sight in Florida’s skies. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

 

The two routes are not currently being serviced from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (IATA code PIE), according to the airline.

Each day during the business week, Silver Airways will operate two round-trips a day between St. Pete-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL). On Saturdays and Sundays it will operate one daily round-trip on the route.

It will operate one round-trip between St. Pete-Clearwater and Key West International Airport (EYW) every weekday and will operate one round-trip over the weekend, operating the outbound sector from PIE on Saturdays and the inbound sector from EYW on Sndays.

At Fort Lauderdale, the new service will provide convenient connections to Jacksonville and the seven destinations that Silver Airways serves in the Bahamas, including Freeport and North Eleuthera, according to the regional airline.

Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus N437XJ flies past as the photographer captures an excellent in-flight photograph. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus N437XJ flies past as the photographer captures an excellent in-flight photograph. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

 

“Fort Lauderdale is a new opportunity for us to serve business and leisure travelers within our state and Key West has been a favorite at PIE in the past,” says Noah Lagos, director of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

“With the addition of this route, Silver will now offer five non-stop destinations from Key West, making it that much easier to fly direct, from the southernmost city,” says Don DeGraw, director of airports, Monroe County.

The schedule for Silver Airways’ service between St. Pete-Clearwater and Fort Lauderdale service calls for flight 3M 40 to leave PIE at 8:00 a.m. every day except Sundays from March 12 and to land at FLL at 9:10 a.m.

Flight 3M 41 will then depart PIE at 6:57 p.m. every day except Saturdays from March 12 and reach FLL at 8:07 p.m.

The Saab 340Bplus 34-seat turboprop regional airliner is the flagship of the Silver Airways fleet. By late 2012 the regional airline had 18 of the type in service. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

The Saab 340Bplus 34-seat turboprop regional airliner is the flagship of the Silver Airways fleet. By early 2015 the regional airline had 27 of the type in service. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways

 

In the other direction, flight 3M 42 will leave FLL at 7:45 a.m. every day except Sundays from March 12 and will touch down at PIE at 8:55 a.m.

Flight 3M 41 (operating under the same flight number as one of the flights in the other direction), will depart FLL at 5:17 p.m. every day except Saturdays and will land at PIE at 6:27 p.m.

Silver Airways’ schedule for its service between St. Pete-Clearwater and Key West will see flight 3M 48 leave PIE at 9:25 a.m. every day except Sundays and touch down at EYW at 10:35 a.m.

In the other direction, flight 3M 49 will depart EYW at 6:45 p.m. every day except Saturdays and arrive at PIE at 7:55 p.m.

Most of Florida's commercial-service airports have become used to the sight of Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus turboprops arriving and departing. The regional carrier claims to have the biggest intra-Florida network and schedule of any airline. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways/SBPR

Most of Florida’s commercial-service airports have become used to the sight of Silver Airways Saab 340Bplus turboprops arriving and departing. The regional carrier claims to have the biggest intra-Florida network and schedule of any airline. The photo is courtesy of Silver Airways

 

To promote the new services, Silver is offering introductory one-way fares from $69 including taxes and fees through 11:59 pm EST on January 15, for travel between March 12 and May 22, 2015.

For complete details and reservations, visit www.silverairways.com.

According to Silver Airways, it offers more routes within Florida and between Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline.

The carrier also says that with the new services beginning on March 12 it will offer more routes between Tampa Bay and South Florida than any other airline, as well as more flights from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville, Orlando and the Tampa Bay area.

Silver Airways operates its network with a fleet of 27 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprop regional airliners.